Campus Conversation - Image Bite Politics: News and the Visual Framing of Elections

Merck Auditorium
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Presenter: Maria Elizabeth Grabe, PhD
Professor of Communication Science, Indiana University
Associate Dean of The Media School

Most Americans get political information from audiovisual media and they say they trust these sources more than text-based news media. At the same time, many people typically think about the role of important newspapers when it comes to media influences on politics. The goal of this talk is to draw focus to media images and how they influence who we vote for during presidential elections. 

As a point of departure, Dr. Grabe will look at the fascinating differences between visual and textual information processing and how these distinctions influence how people form opinions. From there, Dr. Grabe will explore the role of image handlers and consultants in shaping how political candidates behave in public and the liberal bias accusation against American news media. 

Each fall, GMercyU offers Campus Conversations, a series of lectures, panel discussions, and presentations. This year's theme focuses on the American political process - specifically, issues related to presidential elections and voter behaviors - which aligns with GMercyU's core value of social responsibility and its emphasis on civic engagement. Campus Conversations Lecture Series is hosted by the School of Arts and Sciences.