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Monday, October 18 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Media, Policy, and Messaging

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As congressional hearings become more visible, video clips from these events receive a great deal of attention. But can they be viewed as a type of rhetorical genre?  While they have been studied in many ways by political scientists and communication scholars, our authors explore a new approach to analyzing their rhetoric.  How issues are framed in the media is a common approach, but to understand how a single, significant individual, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) could frame the coverage of health care through his positions and speeches takes us in a new direction in framing studies.

Moderator: Terri Towner, Oakland University, Professor

Congressional Hearings as Public Spectacle
Joshua Guitar, Young Harris College, Department of Communication Studies
Sheri Bleam, Adrian College, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences

Contributing Researchers:
Jenna Thomas, Young Harris College, Research Assistant
Madeline Studebaker, Young Harris College, Research Assistant
Matthew George, Youn Harris College, Research Assistant

Same Messenger, New Message: Senator Ted Kennedy and the Framing of Health Reform
Jennifer Hopper, Southern Connecticut State University, Political Science

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Terri Towner

Political Science Department, Oakland University
Terri L. Towner is a Professor of Political Science at Oakland University in Michigan. Her research focuses mainly on the role of social media in campaigns and elections, centering on digital platforms, such as Twitter and Instagram. She recently co-edited the book The Internet... Read More →

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Sheri Bleam

Independent Scholar
After completing a B.A. in Communication Arts from Wright State University, Sheri Bleam earned her M.A. in Rhetoric at Central Michigan University and her Ph.D. in Communication and Rhetorical Processes at Wayne State University. Sheri then served in the Adrian College professoriate... Read More →
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Joshua Guitar

Department of Communication Studies, Young Harris College
After completing a B.A. in Communication at Adrian College, Joshua Guitar earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Joshua currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Communication at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia... Read More →
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Jennifer Hopper

Political Science, Southern Connecticut State University
Jennifer Hopper is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Southern Connecticut State University where she regularly teaches courses in American Government, the U.S. Presidency, Congress and the Legislative Process, and Media & Politics. She is the author of Presidential... Read More →

Non-Presenting Authors
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Jenna Thomas

Research Assistant, Young Harris College
Jenna Thomas is a senior Communication Studies major at Young Harris College located in Young Harris, Georgia. Jenna primarily researches political ideologies and mediated campaigns through critical and rhetorical methods. Recently inducted into the Lambda Pi Eta honor society as... Read More →
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Madeline Studebaker

Research Assistant, Young Harris College
Madeline Studebaker is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a double minor in English and Spanish at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia. As an undergraduate research assistant in the Communication Studies Department, Madeline has enjoyed... Read More →
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Matthew George

Research Assistant, Young Harris College
Matthew George is a junior Communication Studies and Spanish double major at Young Harris College. Matthew is a tutor for Communication Studies and Spanish, and also works as a Resident Assistant for campus housing. With many aspirations, Matthew plans on working as an intern for... Read More →

Monday October 18, 2021 10:30am - 11:45am EDT