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Manship School’s Breaux Symposium to Focus on Impact of Modern Propaganda in Media & Politics

03/26/2012 11:30 AM

BATON ROUGE – The Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication will devote its 2012 John Breaux Symposium to the impact of modern propaganda on American media and society.


The symposium will be held on Friday, March 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Holliday Forum of the Journalism Building on LSU’s campus.


The symposium, titled “That’s The Way It Is: Media Propaganda and Its Impact on American Democracy,” will explore various ways that modern propaganda influences the media and the public, its extent in society, ways to combat it and how to educate the public about it. The public is invited to attend.


Discussing the topic will be a panel of nationally recognized scholars in the field of propaganda. The symposium will be moderated by Nancy Snow, a distinguished scholar, Professor of Communications at California State University and the author of numerous books on propaganda.


“Each year the Breaux Symposium approaches an idea or issue from a fresh perspective, turning it on its head,” said Bob Mann, director of the Reilly Center. “We believe that the impact of propaganda on our democracy is a timely topic and in need of rigorous examination and discussion.”


For a full list of panels and participants, please visit the Reilly Center’s website at


Underpinning the Manship School’s focus on the study of media and politics, the Breaux Symposium’s central question is: how well is the public being informed, and what must be done to increase citizen awareness and constructive debate?


For more information, please contact Emily Tiller at the Reilly Center at 225-578-7312 or visit our website at

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