Texas Tech University

Iyengar to Discuss Media and Politics for Morris Distinguished Lecture Series

George Watson

January 29, 2015

The Stanford University professor has authored numerous books on the subject.

WHAT:           Shanto Iyengar, Norman Chandler Chair in Communication and professor of political science at Stanford University will speak on the topic of media and politics at the Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication's William B. Morris III Distinguished Lecture Series.

WHEN:           11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday (Jan. 30)

WHERE:         McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center, 2521 17th St. (corner of 17th Street and University Avenue)

EVENT:          Iyengar will discuss the topic, “Fear and Loathing Across Party Lines: New Measures of Polarization,” in which he will address the dramatic increase in the polarization of the American electorate in terms of social identity and discrimination toward opposing partisans.

Iyengar has authored several award-winning books that address the role of the media and mass communication in today's political landscape. In his research, he has discovered political party cues carry with them powerful effects on non-political judgments and behaviors. He will discuss how the degree of discrimination based on partisanship has exceeded the discrimination based on race and how it has been used to encourage confrontation instead of cooperation.

To follow along with the lecture on social media, individuals can use the hashtag #MorrisLecture.

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CONTACT:Aleesa Ross, director of the Center for Student Success, Outreach and Engagement, College of Media & Communication, (806) 834-0348, or aleesa.ross@ttu.edu.