EMU to host media ecology scholar Lance Strate March 19

by Amber Candela, Published March 11, 2009

YPSILANTI —Lance Strate, media ecology scholar and founding president of the Media Ecology Association, will present “The Medium, The Message, And Me And You: Understanding Our Technological and Symbolic Environments” Thursday, March 19, at 2 p.m. in the Porter Building (Room 202) on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.

The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by an informal reception in the Porter Building (Room 201).

Media ecologists study how popular media affect human perceptions, feelings and values, and how an awareness of that influence can enhance cultural development. Founded in 1971 at New York University by the educator and humanist Neil Postman, media ecology is a progressive interdisciplinary field that includes: communication; critical media and cultural studies; rhetoric, semantics and linguistics; literary studies and cognitive science.

Eastern Michigan University recently offered two graduate classes in media ecology, according to Christine Tracy, assistant professor of journalism.

Strate is an associate professor and chair of the communication and media studies department at Fordham University in New York and is the supervising editor of the Media Ecology Book Series for Hampton Press. He has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University, a master’s degree from Queens College (CUNY), and a Ph.D. from NYU, where he studied with Postman.

Strate’s work includes “Echoes And Reflections: On Media Ecology As a Field of Study;” “Communication and Cyberspace: Social Interaction in an Electronic Environment;” “The Legacy of McLuhan” and numerous journal articles, essays and other publications.

Strate is a member of the National Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, New York State Communication Association, New Jersey Communication Association and the International Communication Association. He lectures nationally and internationally on media ecology as a field of study and on emerging cultural and technological trends. He also is a contributing reporter on media and culture.

EMU students will receive Learning Beyond the Classroom credit for attendance at the lecture.

For more information, contact Christine Tracy of the EMU English Department at Ctracy1@ninthmuse or Amber Candela at (810) 333-0844 or acandela@emich.edu.

Amber Candela



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