April 30 Holden Lecture Features University of Washington Scholar

By Erika Mantz
UNH News Bureau

April 19, 2001


DURHAM, N.H. -- University of Washington Professor Lance Bennett, a leading expert on news media and political communication, will speak at the University of New Hampshire's annual Holden Lecture Monday, April 30.

The lecture, free and open to the public, will take place at 7 p.m. in room 110 of Murkland Hall. Professor Bennett will speak on "Media, Democracy, and Changing Forms of Civic Engagement."

Bennett is the Ruddick C. Lawrence Professor of Communications and Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. His work on the news media and political communication has appeared in leading scholarly journals, and he is the author of six books, including "News: The Politics of Illusion" and "The Governing Crisis: Media, Money and Marketing in American Elections."

In recent years, Bennett has lectured throughout the U.S. and Europe on the importance of the media and the quality of information systems in civic life. His current research includes investigation of how press-government relations affect public information and civic culture, and how strategic communication campaigns shape news content.

Bennett is also director of the University of Washington's Center for Communication and Civic Engagement, which is dedicated to research and policy initiatives that enhance the quality of citizen engagement with social life, politics and global affairs.

The John T. Holden Memorial Fund was established in 1995 in memory of John Holden, one of the university's outstanding teachers of political science, who served that department for 25 years, many as chair.

The fund brings academics, journalists, and writers concerned with American political life to speak at UNH. Speakers are selected on a rotating basis to represent the disciplines of political science, history and sociology.

For more information, call the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at (603) 862-2062.

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