Spring Speakers Series – Carolyn Kitch

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Spring Speakers Series – Carolyn Kitch
March 18, 2014 2:00 pm
March 18, 2014 3:15 pm
Annenberg Hall, Room 3
2020 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19122, United States

Carolyn Kitch, professor of journalism at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, will present “The Lasting Lessons of News: Exploring the Interplay of Journalism and Public Memory.”

While they are first told in news media, the “big stories” of our time gain traction in public memory through an increasingly complex communication process. They travel not only through other kinds of media, but also into public space, taking literal shape in memorials and at museums and historic sites. There, some of them so successfully inspire public imagination that they then cycle back, often through social media, into a broader news narrative. Over time, this interactive storytelling exchange constructs mythic narratives of a troubled past – whether that is the American Civil Rights movement, “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland or the events of Sept. 11 – that serve our shifting cultural and political needs of the present. This presentation will explore how these and other stories have become modern moral tales across a web of public communication.

Carolyn Kitch is professor of journalism at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication. She researches and teaches in the areas of journalism history, cultural studies, public memory and media representations of gender and class. Kitch has authored or co-authored four books: The Girl on the Magazine Cover: The Origins of Visual Stereotypes in American Mass Media (University of North Carolina Press, 2001); Pages from the Past: History and Memory in American Magazines (UNC Press, 2005); Journalism in a Culture of Grief (Routledge, 2008); and Pennsylvania in Public Memory: Reclaiming the Industrial Past (Penn State University Press, 2012). For eleven years, she worked as a magazine editor and writer in New York City.

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