Pockrass Lecture to focus on journalism, public memory of violent events

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --A leading media scholar will present the spring 2014 Robert M. Pockrass Memorial Lecture, focusing on journalism and the public memory of violent events at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Foster Auditorium of Paterno Library on the University Park campus.

The free public lecture by Carolyn L. Kitch -- titled “What Story Survives? The Intersections of Journalism, Place and Vernacular Culture in Public Memory of Violent Events” -- is co-sponsored by the Penn State College of Communications and University Libraries.

Kitch is a professor of journalism at Temple University’s School of Media and Communications. She also teaches in the school’s mass media and communication doctoral program and has been faculty director for the school’s study-abroad programs in London and Dublin. Her research and teaching areas include memory studies, media history, journalism theory, magazines, gender studies and visual communication.

In addition to numerous journal articles, she has published four books: “Pennsylvania in Public Memory: Reclaiming the Industrial Past” (Penn State University Press, 2012); “Journalism in a Culture of Grief,” co-authored with Janice Hume (Routledge, 2008); “Pages from the Past: History and Memory in American Magazines” (University of North Carolina Press, 2005); and “The Girl on the Magazine Cover: The Origins of Visual Stereotypes in American Mass Media” (University of North Carolina Press, 2001). Kitch serves on the editorial board of nine scholarly journals and is an associate editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. She is a former writer and editor for Reader’s Digest, McCall’s and Good Housekeeping magazines.

The Pockrass Lecture was named after the late professor Robert M. Pockrass, a member of Penn State’s journalism faculty from 1948 to 1977. Pockrass, who specialized in public opinion and popular culture, served as the graduate officer and taught radio news writing.

Last Updated March 26, 2014