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A Conversation with Leon Panetta

Leon Panetta—former Secretary of Defense and former director of the CIA—joined Director Frank Sesno for this School of Media and Public Affairs Conversation Series event, followed by Q&A. Panetta discussed politics, America's national security challenges, and his new book Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace. The conversation included a special focus on that media and social media now play in a dangerous and chaotic world.

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Intersection of Media and Government

Laura Shuey-Kostelac, MA '15, arrived for her first day as an intern in the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Justice amidst a flurry of activity, phone calls, and media arrivals. In a brief meeting, the office manager told her that her first day would truly be “baptism by fire,” because the Justice Department was preparing for a last-minute press conference to announce a multi-national effort to disrupt a major cybercriminal network. Read more.


The Digital Media Revolution with Professor Catie Bailard

Professor Catie Bailard recently sat down with Columbian College Dean Ben Vinson III to discuss the intersection of politics and digital media. She gave a glimpse of her new book Democracy's Double-Edged Sword: How Internet Use Changes Citizens' Views of their Government, explaining how the Internet directly influences the ability of individuals to evaluate the government and affects their satisfaction with the quality of democracy. Watch the video conversation here.


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Upcoming Events

A Celebration of Professor Catie Bailard and "Democracy's Double-Edged Sword"
November 3, 2014
6:00 pm
Media and Public Affairs Building

The School of Media and Public Affairs invites you to attend a celebration of Professor Catie Bailard and her new book, "Democracy's Double-Edged Sword: How Internet Use Changes Citizens' Views of their Government." Eat and mingle with students, faculty and special guests. Professor Bailard will speak about her book and her research on the political effects of new media at home and abroad.





October 21: Brownbag Talk: Orgies of Feeling: Melodrama, Politics and U.S. Media

October 29: Webinar for MA in Media and Strategic Communication

October 30: Condemned to Silence? The State of Freedom of Expression in Venezuela

November 3: Public Diplomacy Council's First Monday Lunch

November 4: Berkshire Beyond Bugget: The Enduring Value of Values

November 10: Truth in the Age of Twitter

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