On April 18 (my son's 16th birthday), we’re featuring Rob Gould, executive VP of the public relations firm Brodeur Partners for our annual Brandt Lecture, entitled “Talking to Social Animals: From Food Pyramids to the ‘Truth.’” Gould has led some of the nation’s most successful health campaigns throughout his 30+ year career, including creating the well-known, award-winning “Truth” anti-tobacco campaign and was the lead researcher on the development of the Food Guide Pyramid for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is sure to be an interesting look at how social science can contribute to effective communication campaigns.
Also on April 18, Federico Subervi of Texas State University will be joining us for the annual Mary A. Gardner Lecture. Subervi is a professor and director of the Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets at the School of Journalism at Texas State. He has been researching, publishing and teaching on a broad range of issues related to the mass media and ethnic minorities, especially Latinos in the U.S. since the ‘80s.
And last, but certainly not least, on April 19 is our annual Erwin P. Bettinghaus Health Communication Lecture. We will welcome back former MSU faculty member Steve Wilson, presenting, “Military Deployment and Families: A Communication Perspective.” Wilson will discuss some information pertaining to his recent projects exploring the impact of military deployment and reunion of families. His research and teaching focus on interpersonal communication, social influence and conflict at Purdue.
I’m really looking forward to all of our upcoming lecture series. For more information on the lectures, including times and exact locations, please visit our event page. We’ll see you there!
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