Communication and Media Studies Department

Identity, Belief and Rhetoric in the National Gun Debate with Emily Shaw

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Thursday, April 18, 2013, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Lee Auditorium in the Wishcamper Center on the Portland Campus
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Stephanie Towns
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The Department of Communication and Media Studies presents a talk with Emily Shaw, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Thomas College: 

Photo of Emily Shaw"Identity, Belief and Rhetoric in the National Gun Debate: What's Changed Since the Passage of the Brady Bill."
7:00pm, Thursday, April 18
Wishcamper 133, Portland Campus

This talk examines arguments made by the major organizational actors in the national gun regulation debate and how they've changed since the early 1990s. These changes take place in the context of substantial socio-political changes, specifically increased partisan polarization, economic recession, and the growth of social media. Most recently, the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School produced a national shift in the salience and valence of attitudes about gun regulation. Using her observations of existing arguments, trends, and organizational opportunities, Shaw makes some predictions about potential outcomes in the current gun regulation debate.

Emily Shaw is an assistant professor at Thomas College where she teaches courses in political science, public administration and history. Her research focuses on the intersection of political communication, media and public opinion, both at the national and the state level. She holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Comparative Literature from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ralph Blumenthal Talk

Ralph BlumenthalProfessors Matthew Killmeier and Jerry LaSala were recently awarded a Maine Humanities Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative Project Grant with matching funds from USM Provost Uzzi’s office.  The funds were used to bring Ralph Blumenthal, former New York Times investigative reporter to campus for a lecture and student workshop. Blumenthal and team won a Pulitzer for reporting on the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, which was the subject of his talk on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pulitzer-winner Ralph Blumenthal's recent talk at USM is now available as an audio file. Blumethal's talk was sponsored by a Maine Humanities Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative Project Grant awarded to Professors Matthew Killmeier and Jerry LaSala.


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