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

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

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 18, 2013, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: 
Lee Auditorium in the Wishcamper Center on the Portland Campus
Contact Name: 
Stephanie Towns
Contact Phone: 
207-228-8438
Contact Email: 
stowns@maine.edu
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.

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