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By W. Joseph Campbell

American University School of Communication professor W. Joseph Cambpell's new book examines how events that unfolded in 1995--including the emergence of the Internet and World Wide Web in mainstream American life--have exerted lasting influence.

W. Joseph Campbell: 1995

Tuesday, January 20
10:30 a.m. McKinley Building, Media Innovation Lab
Event hashtag: #SOCFacultyForum

In his talk, Professor W. Joseph Campbell will discuss his latest book, 1995: The Year the Future Began, which explores a year defined by watershed moments in new media, domestic terrorism, crime and justice, international diplomacy, and political scandal.

As the books discusses, 1995 was marked by the emergence of the Internet into mainstream consciousness. It was the year of the Oklahoma City bombing, an attack that killed 168 people and signaled a deepening national preoccupation with terrorism. It was the year of the double-murder trial of O.J. Simpson, a months-long ordeal often called the "Trial of the Century." It was the year when a U.S.-brokered peace agreement ended the war in Bosnia, Europe's most vicious conflict since the time of the Nazis. And it was the year when President Bill Clinton began an intermittent sexual dalliance with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern 27 years his junior;the affair led to Clinton's impeachment in 1998.

The book turns a fresh lens on each of the decisive moments of 1995 and describes how they resonate still.

Campbell is a full professor who teaches in the SOC's Communication Studies program. He is the author of five other non-fiction books, including the award-winning Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism.

The Faculty Research & Projects Forum is a monthly lecture series highlighting exciting and high-impact work produced by the faculty at American University's School of Communication whose work is at the forefront of great communication problems and ideas of our time. Full spring 2015 schedule.