Texas Tech University

Alison Bryant Scheduled to Speak at Annual Morris Distinguished Lecture Series

George Watson

April 13, 2016


Bryant is the chief executive officer for PlayScience, which develops innovation and experiences in play, learning and entertainment.

Alison Bryant
Alison Bryant

The College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University will host the annual William S. Morris III Distinguished Lecturer series featuring Alison Bryant, CEO of PlayScience, at 6:30 p.m. April 25 in the Frazier Alumni Pavilion.

Erik Bucy, the Marshall and Sharleen Formby Regents Professor of Strategic Communication in the Department of Advertising, said he is looking forward to hearing from Bryant because her experience with PlayScience shows her wealth of knowledge and insight into the way children engage with media.

“As the chief executive officer for PlayScience, Dr. Bryant developed her custom research company from the ground up and built it into a research powerhouse, shaping the future of play and learning in the area of children's media,” Bucy said.

Glenn Cummins, associate dean for research in the College of Media & Communication, said Bryant has been requested by some of the world's largest corporations to help them understand children and how they use media, and it is an honor to have her speak at Texas Tech.

“Dr. Bryant is, hands down, one of the most dynamic and passionate speakers you'll ever hear on the subject of children and how media is a constant part of their lives,” Cummins said. “She's always in demand, both by academics and the industry.”

Bucy noted that as a dynamic and electric speaker, Bryant was unanimously selected to be this year's Morris Lecturer.

“Dr. Bryant is highly qualified as both a researcher and industry practitioner,” Bucy said. “Before starting PlayScience, she was on the faculty at Indiana University and then worked for Nickelodeon. She can speak to both an academic and industry audience.”

Cummins described the Morris Lecturer series as the perfect event to bring together academic researchers and professionals in the media.

"The Morris Lecture is an ideal venue for bringing together experts who are actively working in the media and academics teaching and studying communication,” Cummins said. “We're very fortunate to have events like this at Texas Tech, and it's part of what makes our college unique.”

To RSVP for the event, go to comc.ttu.edu/events and use the password: morris2016. The RSVP deadline is Monday (April 18), and those wishing to attend are encouraged to indicate any special meal accommodations required on their RSVP.