LSU Manship School to Host Conversation on Historical Parallels in Government Propaganda as Part of Virtual Event Series

May 18, 2020

BATON ROUGE – The fourth installment of the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affair’s Communications & COVID-19 series will explore the history of government propaganda to understand how governments are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation will be Tuesday, May 19, at 1 p.m. CST. 

The event, Historical Parallels in Government Information Dissemination: Learning from the Past, will feature Hopkins P. Breazeale Professor of Journalism John Maxwell Hamilton and University of British Columbia Assistant Professor of International History Heidi Tworek as panelists and Manship School Switzer Endowed Chair in Media Literacy Len Apcar as moderator.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep through the global community, the time is ripe for conversations like this one. Governments, historically, have been faced with the responsibility to provide accurate and relevant information without causing cynicism and chaos. Examples range from President Woodrow Wilson’s creation of the Committee on Public Information to current global leaders hosting daily press briefings about the coronavirus.

Tuesday’s panel will explore how global leaders throughout history have chosen to utilize the power of government information dissemination to create different public health outcomes for citizenries.

Registration information for Historical Parallels in Government Information Dissemination: Learning from the Past and all events in the Communications & COVID-19 series can be found at Registrants will receive a Zoom meeting link and information on how to join. The events will also be recorded and uploaded to the Manship School’s YouTube channel.

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