UW-Madison to host symposium on media psychology

MADISON – The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UW-Madison will host the Ivan L. Preston Symposium on Media Psychology on Friday, Sept. 13, at Vilas Hall.

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The symposium will open at 10:30 a.m. with a talk by Mary Beth Oliver, professor of media studies at Penn State University, on “Using Inspiring Media for Social Good: Complexities and Potentials.” Oliver’s talk will provide a model under development to capture the processes and complexities of using inspiring media for purposes of well-being and social good.

After a break for lunch, the symposium will continue with a talk by Robin Nabi, a communications professor at UC-Santa Barbara, titled “Harnessing Hope: How Media-Induced Hope Can Save the World (or at least do some good).” Nabi will discuss the positive impact of hope and how to harness those benefits to maximize social good.

The symposium will conclude with a roundtable panel discussion from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Doug McLeod, Evjue Centennial Professor at UW-Madison, will chair the discussion with panelists Karyn Riddle, Chris Cascio, Kate Christy and Sijia Yang.

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