The Viterbo University School of Letters and Sciences Presents:

Through the Looking Glass: Media, Perception & Reality

February 3–6, 2003

Vote Democrat; vote Republican. Buy Ford; buy Toyota. Gain weight; lose weight.
Every day, non-stop, we’re bombarded with competing messages by an array of media. All we’re left with are questions. How does the media influence our sense of community, our lives, and ourselves? Find answers and shape your own reality at this symposium.

Monday, February 3
Adventures in the Memory Hole: The U.S. Media Before and After 9/11
7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Mark Crispin Miller—professor of media ecology and director of the Project on Media Ownership at New York University, and author of The Bush Dyslexicon

Tuesday, February 4
Community Journalism
5 p.m., Fine Arts Center Lobby
Moderator: Anne Paape, WKBT-TV 8
Panelists: Sean Dwyer, WXOW-TV 19; Gene Purcell, WLSU Radio; Scott Robert Shaw, WIZM Radio; and John Smalley, La Crosse Tribune

Black Media: The Same Facts, a Different Reality
7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Keith Murphy—a radio broadcaster for WMCS-AM in Milwaukee with 17 years of experience in large markets like Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, February 5
Media May Be Harmful to Women and Other Thinking Beings
7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Jennifer Pozner—a journalist; media critic; and founder of Women in Media and News

Thursday, February 6
Media Literacy Workshop: Turn On, Plug In, Boot Up: Strategies for Responsible Media Use
4:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Lobby

Media and the First Amendment
7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center Main Theatre
Jane Kirtley—director of the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics, professor of media ethics and law at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota


Wisconsin HumanitiesThis Humanities Symposium is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the State of Wisconsin. It is also supported by Denzer Memorial Endowment Funds.

All events are free and open to the public. Registration is not required.