February 28, 2011, 12:00pm
Panel on Arabs and the Arab World in American Media
Presenter: Marwan Kraidy, Karin Wilkins, Melani McAlister
Location: Stiteler Hall, B26

Join us for a panel with three experts in the field of Middle East and media studies, discussing US media portrayals of Arabs and the Arab world.

Marwan Kraidy is Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. A scholar of global communication and an expert on Arab media and politics, Kraidy was previously a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the founding director of the Arab Media and Public Life (AMPLE) project at American University, both in Washington DC. More recently, Kraidy was Scholar-in-residence in the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication at Annenberg.

Karin Gwinn Wilkins is a Professor with the Department of Radio-TV-Film at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as the Associate Director for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Her research focuses on global communication, development and social change. Her most recent book is Home/Land/Security: What We Learn about Arab Communities from Action-Adventure Films (Lexington Books, 2009). Some of her work can be found in ReDeveloping Communication for Social Change (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000), Communication Theory, Media, Culture & Society, Journal of Communication, International Journal of Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Media Development, Media Asia, Journal of International Communication, Peace Review, and the Asian Journal of Communication, among other venues.

Melani McAlister is Associate Professor of American Studies, International Affairs, and Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University. Professor McAlister writes and teaches about U.S. encounters (cultural, political, and religious) with the Middle East and Africa. She teaches courses on the United States in a global context, cultural history, and religion & media. She is the author of Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East since 1945 (University of California Press, rev. ed. 2005, orig. 2001).

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