Launched this year, the annual SDN Encounter at the University of Sydney aims to bring together scholars, practitioners and members of the public to examine in detail the work of a leading contemporary
Launched this year, the annual SDN Encounter at the University of Sydney aims to bring together scholars, practitioners and members of the public to examine in detail the work of a leading contemporary thinker, in her or his presence. The one-day SDN Encounter includes a day-long forum (mainly by invitation only), an evening public lecture and follow-up media coverage.
The honoured guest of the 2015 inaugural SDN Encounter is Michael Schudson. Widely considered the leading media and communications scholar in the United States, he grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and gained his first degree from Swarthmore College before completing his doctorate in sociology at Harvard. Michael Schudson has taught at the University of Chicago and the University of California, San Diego. Since 2009, he has been a full-time member of the prestigious Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
For his pioneering contributions to such fields as the history and future of American news media, advertising, citizenship and popular culture, Michael Schudson has received many honours, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ award. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Groningen.
He writes for such newspapers as The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Financial Times. His work also appears in the Columbia Journalism Review, Wilson Quarterly and The American Prospect, and he has published many books. Among the best known are Discovering the News (1978); Advertising, the Uneasy Persuasion (1984); and Watergate in American Memory (1992) The Economist urged all Americans to read The Good Citizen: A History of American Civic Life (l998), while the London-based Times Higher Education praised Why Democracies Need an Unlovable Press (2008) as ‘eloquent and wise’. He has also co-authored an influential report on the future of news, The Reconstruction of American Journalism (2009).
Michael Schudson will be present during the morning and afternoon workshop devoted to critically evaluating his work on such subjects as the politics of memory, the history of citizenship, the power of advertising and the future of news and democracy.
Morning coffee/tea and lunch will be provided.
(Friday) 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Darlington Centre Board Room
174 City Road, Darlington NSW 2006
Sydney Democracy Networksdn@sydney.edu.au