"Because the treatment of Jack Johnson was so shameful in our history, his case is beyond controversy, except perhaps in the eyes of the most contentious bigots," said Leonard Steinhorn, professor of public communication, in a Los Angeles Times story about Jack Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion who was convicted of crossing state lines with a prostitute, and current campaign to get him a presidential pardon. After seeing Steinhorn quoted in that article, producers at ABC News contacted him for an interview. "He was a black man who didn't play by the white rules and he also was involved with white women. All of those were no-no’s to White America in those days," he told ABC. The segment was broadcast on more than 25 ABC local affiliate stations and also was posted to ABCnews.com
Alumnae Named Columnists for Washington Examiner
Two SOC alumnae have become the newest personality and politics columnists for the Washington Examiner. Nikki Schwab and Tara Palmeri, are taking over one of the newspaper’s signature features: “Yeas & Nays,” a column that covers local D.C. events and inside information on celebrities and politics. The two columnists have taken different paths to their positions; Schwab received her MA in Communication in 2007, and Palmeri graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Communication in 2008. Read an interview with Palmeri here.
Alum Selected for Hall of Fame
The Arthur W. Page Society has selected David Drobis, ’65, as the recipient of its 2008 Hall of Fame Award for his career contributions to the field of public relations.
Professor Selected to Present at International Conference
Prof. Gemma Puglisi has been selected for the second year in a row to present at the 2009 Public Relations Society of America International Conference in San Diego in the Educators Academy poster session. She will present her abstract on the collaboration between her PR Portfolio class and Just Neighbors, a nonprofit that works with immigrants. Puglisi was one of around 15 professors selected from across the country.
Local News Interviews Professor about Political Potential
Prof. Lenny Steinhorn appeared on WTTG-Fox 5 news to talk about former GOP senator Arlen Specter’s party switch. “The minute you get 60 and make it filibuster proof, you can change health care, you can change energy policy, you can put a stimulus bill through, you can put more regulations on the banks,” he said.
Professor Publishes Piece in Higher Chronicle of Education
Prof. Gemma Puglisi recently published a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education on her experience with a writing course. “Taking Risks in the Classroom” details Puglisi’s encounter with a death row inmate’s story and her students’ effort to raise awareness about the case.
Public Communication professor and executive-in-residence Dotty Lynch talked to WUSA-CBS 9 about Republican Senator-elect Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts and its effect on the Democratic agenda in Congress. Download video
Prof Speaks to Canada's National Post According to Leonard Steinhorn, public communication professor, FOX News Channel commentator Glenn Beck has the advantage of being on television, a “very intimate medium,” that helps boost his popularity. “Somebody who is able to show that emotional side connects with us in a visceral and fundamental way,” Steinhorn told Canada’s National Post. “And it can work especially well with people who look to television to satisfy their own emotional needs." Read more
Abortion Takes Center Stage in Health Care Debate
Communication professor Dotty Lynch talked to Agence Press-France about the abortion debate on Capitol Hill after the Democratic vote that passed the health care bill. "Democratic members of Congress who are strong on the abortion issue tend to be from districts with a strong right-to-life movement. If they go against their constituents, they might well lose their seat in November." (3/23/10)