Speaker to Address the Rhetoric Of Immigration Reform

Speaker to Address the Rhetoric of Immigration Reform

2/3/14 ASHLAND, Ohio - The Ashland University College of Arts and Sciences’ Symposium Against Indifference: Engaging Latin America and the Caribbean presents a program comparing the coverage on immigration reform between various news media. Co-sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, the presentation by Dr. Alberto Gonzalez, professor at the School of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Room of the Myers Convocation Center. The event is free and open to the public.

After the general election of 2012—where the Latino vote was characterized as increasingly influential—the reform of federal immigration laws and policies became a high priority. Dr. Gonzalez will present an "ideographic" analysis of the news coverage on immigration reform between the Latino-based La Prensa and dominant-culture news media focusing on how particular terms frame competing perspectives.

Dr. Gonzalez’s research and publications have focused on intercultural communication with a particular emphasis on the Latin American community. His published research includes examinations of the political discourse of Mexican American activists and explorations of popular music as a mode of communication. His work has appeared in various journals, including “The Quarterly Journal of Speech,” “Youth Theatre Journal,” “Western Journal of Communication,” “Southern Communication Journal” and “Communication Quarterly.” He has co-edited several books, including “Our Voices: Essays in Culture, Ethnicity and Communication” (with Marsha Houston and Victoria Chen) and “Rhetoric in Intercultural Contexts” (with Dolores V. Tanno).

Gonzalez recently served as the chair of the International and Intercultural Division of the National Communication Association (NCA). Since 2007, he has served as chair of NCA’s Affirmative Action & Intercaucus Committee.

For more information about the Symposium Against Indifference and information about upcoming events, visit cas-symposium.blogspot.com or contact Dr. Christopher Swanson, professor of mathematics, at cswanson@ashland.edu or419.289.5264.  

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###