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November Luncheon: "Politics & Popular Culture" with Dr. Roderick P. Hart

Join us the day after the presidential election to hear an analysis of the impact of popular culture  on politics from a renowned expert: UT's Dr. Roderick P. Hart.  PRSA Houston will generously donate the proceeds of this luncheon to the Public Relations Foundation of Houston, the mission of which is to enhance the quality of education by creating a permanent educational endowment that provides scholarships for students studying communications and/or public relations at local universities.   
 
"Roderick Hart may be among the few Americans who believe that what politicians say in a campaign actually matters. He also believes that campaigns work. Even as television coverage, political ads, and opinion polls turn elections into field days for marketing professionals, Hart argues convincingly that campaigns do play their role in sustaining democracy, mainly because they bring about a dialogue among candidates, the press, and the people. He takes a close look at the exchange of ideas through language used in campaign speeches, political advertising, public debates, print and broadcast news, and a wide variety of letters to the editor. In each case, the participants choose their words differently, and this, according to Hart, can be a frustrating challenge to anyone trying to make sense of the issues. Yet he finds that the process is good for Americans: campaigns inform us about issues, sensitize us to the concerns of others, and either encourage us to vote or at least heighten our sense of the political world."eBooks about Politics
Speaker Dr. Roderick P. Hart
Dean College of Communication, University of Texas Dr. Roderick  P. Hart is the Dean of the College of Communication and holds the Allan Shivers Centennial Chair in Communication and Government at The University of Texas at Austin. His area of special interest is politics and the mass media, about which ...

Dean
College of Communication, University of Texas


Dr. Roderick  P. Hart is the Dean of the College of Communication and holds the Allan Shivers Centennial Chair in Communication and Government at The University of Texas at Austin. His area of special interest is politics and the mass media, about which he has written numerous books and articles. Hart is also Director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation, which conducts research into how civic participation and community understanding are undermined or sustained, and develops programs to increase democratic understanding among citizens. He has been named a Research Fellow by the International Communication Association, a Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association, and has received the Edelman Career Award from the American Political Science Association. He is also a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University.


Hart received his B.A. degree from the University of Massachusetts and his M. A. and Ph. D. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University. His area of special interest is politics and the mass media and he is the author of twelve books, the most recent of which is Political Keywords: Using Language That Uses Us (Oxford University Press, 2005). He is also the author of DICTION 5.0, a computer program designed to analyze language patterns.


Hart has delivered public lectures at more than seventy colleges and universities and received grant support from the Ford Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, Exxon Foundation, Hatton Sumners Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, Dorot Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. A former Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Hart is listed in Who's Who in America, the Directory of American Scholars, International Who's Who in Education, and American Men and Women of Science. He was named a Research Fellow of the International Communication Association, a Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association, and the National Scholar of the Year Award from Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and has received the Murray Edelman Career Award from the American Political Science Association.


Hart has been inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University of Texas and has also been designated Professor of the Year for the State of Texas from the Carnegie/C.A.S.E. Foundation. Previously he received the Eyes of Texas Student Involvement Award and the Texas Excellence Teaching Award from the University of Texas, the Excellence in Teaching Award in the Humanities from Purdue University, and the Outstanding Young Teacher Award from the Central States Communication Association. He has supervised over fifty graduate theses and dissertations.


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Organizer Paula Ruth, APR

When?

Wed, Nov. 5, 2008
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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Where?

Briar Club
2603 Timmons
Houston, TX 77027