Presented by: John Collins, Professor of Global Studies at St. Lawrence University and Editor-in-Chief and Director of Development for Weave News
Abstract: Drawing on the author’s work as a scholar of the Palestinian liberation struggle, a professor of global studies, and an independent media practitioner, this lecture will address the continuing relevance of critical frameworks that emphasize the ideological function of what has traditionally been called “mainstream” news coverage in the United States. These frameworks call our attention to the deeper factors that shape patterns in news coverage in particular, and public discourse in general, in ways that too often remain invisible. Collins will use examples of current U.S. media coverage of global issues to reveal the limitations of the “fake news” discourse; the need for renewed efforts to build an anti-imperialist approach to critical media literacy; and the continuing importance of supporting grassroots journalism projects that are responsive to the needs of the global majority.
Biography: John Collins is Professor of Global Studies at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. He enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s graduate program in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society as well as the MacArthur Program on Peace and International Cooperation in 1990, earning his M.A. in 1994 and Ph.D. in 2000 after conducting a year of dissertation field research in Palestine. In 2000 he was one of five faculty hired to begin St. Lawrence’s new Department of Global Studies, one of the first departments in the country to offer an undergraduate degree in global studies. In 2002 he co-edited Collateral Language: A User’s Guide to America’s New War (NYU Press), a collection of essays exploring the rhetoric used to frame the US response to the September 11 attacks. He is the author of two monographs based on his research into the Palestinian liberation struggle and its global ramifications: Occupied By Memory: The Intifada Generation and the Palestinian State of Emergency (NYU Press, 2004) and Global Palestine (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2011). Most recently he co-authored with Eve Stoddard an undergraduate global studies textbook, Social and Cultural Foundations in Global Studies (Routledge, 2016). He is also the Editor-in-Chief and Director of Development for Weave News (www.weavenews.org), a project he and his students co-founded in 2007 with a mission of “investigating underreported stories, highlighting alternative perspectives, and promoting grassroots media-making and critical media literacy.”