Contact

Emily Ryan
Biodiversity Institute
785-864-6293

Scholar to lecture on U.S. politics, media

Mon, 04/07/2014

LAWRENCE — Robert McChesney, professor of communication at the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will speak at The Commons at 4 p.m. Monday, April 7. His talk, "Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America," will address the relationship between the U.S. political system and the media.

In addition to his role as a professor, McChesney is a faculty affiliate for the university’s Center for Global Studies, which promotes cross-unit and disciplinary research and instruction through the incorporation of global issues within research. In 2002, McChesney co-founded the Illinois Initiative on Global Information and Communication Policy. McChesney also hosts the "Media Matters" weekly radio program every Sunday on WILL-AM radio.

McChesney's research interests include the political economy of communication, 20th century media history, international communication, media and communication policy, and media and social change. His most recent books include "Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy," published by New York: The New Press, 2013; "Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media-Election Complex is Destroying America,"  New York: Nation Books, 2013; and "The Endless Crisis: How Monopoly-Finance Capital Produces Stagnation and Upheaval from the USA to China," New York: Monthly Review Press, 2012.

McChesney’s presentation is open to the public.



Matt Menzenski, a graduate student in Slavic languages & literatures, took this photo during President Obama’s speech at KU Thursday. Menzenski says he was struck by how relaxed the president was in his delivery. He missed a chance to hear former President Bill Clinton speak in his hometown in 2004, but finally got to see a sitting president this week at KU. “The opportunity to hear the president speak is just one of many great opportunities I've had at KU. So many interesting talks and events happen here all the time. I try to attend at least one a week-- it's never hard to find something interesting to go to.” Tags: University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures KU Dept of Slavic Languages - Friends & Alumni Barack Obama The White House #exploreKU #POTUSatKU

Explore KU: The Bells of Mount Oread KU’s Campanile, a 120-foot-tall timepiece that tolls automatically on the hour and quarter-hour, not only sounded in the 2015 New Year at midnight with 12 mighty gongs, but also regularly rings up memories for many Jayhawks – the 277 faculty and students who gave their lives during World War II, the graduates who walk through its doors at commencement, and aspiring students who have strolled through the Lawrence campus. (See http://bit.ly/1xjjwJj). For nearly 60 years, KU’s 53-bell carillon has been tolling the sounds of peace and serenity across Mount Oread since it was installed in June 1955 inside the landmark World War II Memorial Campanile, which was dedicated in 1951. (See http://bit.ly/1BoL9jv) The carillon is also a four-octave musical instrument, which is played with a giant keyboard and foot pedals. University Carillonneur Elizabeth Egber-Berghout (http://bit.ly/14fiBPl), associate professor of carillon and organ, climbs 77 steps up a spiral staircase in the bell tower to perform recitals several times a month.


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times