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Vice Dean Dwight Brooks to Present at Academic Media Conference, April 19th

Dwight Brooks, PhD, vice dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, has been invited to conduct a podium session of his research during the Broadcast Education Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas, April 17-20.  Scholars delivering a podium session are selected based on the significant impact of their contributions to their areas of discipline.

A widely respected researcher on issues of race and media, Dr. Brooks will present “That’s the Way of the World: 50 Years After the Kerner Report and the Continued Dominance of Whiteness in Media” on Tuesday, April 19th.

A synopsis of his presentation: “This paper examines the 2016 Grammy Awards as a case study in the ways a live television broadcast generates racialized discourses. Critical Race Theory, social constructivism and whiteness studies provide the conceptual frameworks to analyze media discourses, including those on social media. Fifty years after the Kerner Commission Report on civil disorders, white perspectives continue to dominate media culture. These perspectives produce discourses of whiteness and blackness in the form of affirmations and protests.”

While at the BEA conference, Dr. Brooks is particularly interested in attending sessions on minority workshops for high school students, best practices for faculty-led student travel abroad, and community engaged learning.  He will also accept three BEA Festival of Arts awards on behalf of student journalists at campus radio station WRHU 88.7 FM.

Established in 1955, the BEA is an academic media organization promoting scholarly research and excellence in telecommunications and electronic media.  The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication is among 275 colleges and universities that are BEA institutional members.

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