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WHAT:             Media and Islam Presentation: “Constructing News: Al-Jazeera’s and the U.S. Government’s Truth”


WHEN:             4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15


WHERE:           The Catholic University of America

                        Life Cycle Institute Auditorium

                        620 Michigan Ave., N.E.

                        Washington, D.C.


DETAILS:            Michael C. Hudson, Saif Ghobash Professor of Arab Studies and director of the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University, will give the second presentation in CUA’s three-part series on “Media and Islam.” In his talk, titled “Constructing News: Al-Jazeera’s and the U.S. Government’s Truth,” Hudson will discuss how Al-Jazeera TV and the administration of President George W. Bush frame each other’s involvement in the Middle East. He also will talk about how the rapid spread of information technology, such as independent satellite broadcasting, is altering the campaign for the hearts and minds of viewers.


Hudson has edited and contributed to numerous books, including “Middle East Dilemma: The Politics and Economics of Arab Integration” (1999), “The Palestinians: New Directions” (1990), and “Alternative Approaches to the Arab-Israeli Conflict” (1984).


The CUA series “Media and Islam” examines the perceptions of Islam by the U.S. public and the U.S. media. Lisa Lynch, CUA assistant professor of media studies, will give the last talk in the series, which is scheduled for Tuesday, March 8. In her talk, titled “Chronicles of a Potemkin Village: Media and Public Perceptions of Guantanamo,” Lynch will discuss her ongoing Guantanamobile Project, whose goal is to inform and collect public opinion about U.S. detention of alleged terrorists at the Guantanamo Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The talks are free and open to the public.


SPONSORS:     Department of Media Studies

                        Department of Anthropology

                        School of Arts and Sciences


MEDIA:             To cover the event, contact Katie Lee in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.




















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