Media & Communication Department





The department welcomes a variety of speakers to campus each year.  The Social Research Social Justice Conference, the Honors Program, and the AlumniNetwork are just some of the programs that create opportunities for students to interact with leaders in the field of media and communication research and production.  On this page you will find stories about those events, including features and interviews with visiting speakers. 

In particular, the Media and Communication Honors Program hosts an annual Honors Lecture featuring a distinguished scholar in the field.  Past speakesr include leading figures in media and communication research, including Robert McChesney, Dan Schiller, Mark Andrejevik, Janet Wasko, Vincent Mosco, Deedee Halleck.  This year's Visiting Honors Scholar was Professor Amanda Lotz, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan.

Lotz’s research addresses gender representation in media, as well as the cultural consequences of the economic, industrial, and technological changes occurring in the U.S. television industry during the past two decades. She is the author of The Television Will Be Revolutionized (NYU Press, 2007) and Redesigning Women: Television After the Network Era (University of Illinois Press, 2006), and recently edited Beyond Prime Time: Television Programming in the Post-Network Era (Routledge, 2009).

Lotz' talk provided an account of men’s portrayals on U.S. television prior to the women’s movement and focused on the subsequent shifts in their depictions that have been most notable relative to understanding gender politics and social power in the post-second-wave era.

Watch an interview with Professor Lotz, conducted by Alex Mulhearn, '11.