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Media and Government Expert Named 2013 Donahue Scholar

September 9, 2013

Media and government expert Professor Thomas Patterson has been named the 2013 Distinguished Donahue Scholar, an honor given each year by Lasell's Donahue Institute for Values and Public Life. Patterson, the Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, will give the annual Donahue Scholar address about what he calls "the alarming rise in misinformation among the American public."

His talk, Corruption of Information: Why We're Getting Dumber, and What Can Be Done About It, is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8 from 12:30- 1:30 pm in de Witt Hall on Lasell's campus.

Patterson will go in-depth on how we as a society are part of this problem and will give suggestions on how we can fix the it. The talk is based on his latest book Informing the News, which will be published in early October.

The lecture also supports this year's common reading assignment for freshmen, which required daily reading of the Boston Globe.

Patterson is also the author of The Vanishing Voter, which looks at the causes and consequences of electoral participation, as well as author of several other books on media and government.

In addition, he has written several articles on politics and the media that have been published in Political Communication, Journal of Communication and several other academic journals.

- Christina Nalepa

 

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