Scholar to lecture on U.S. politics, media

Monday, April 07, 2014

LAWRENCE — Robert McChesney, professor of communication at the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will speak at The Commons at 4 p.m. Monday, April 7. His talk, "Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America," will address the relationship between the U.S. political system and the media.

In addition to his role as a professor, McChesney is a faculty affiliate for the university’s Center for Global Studies, which promotes cross-unit and disciplinary research and instruction through the incorporation of global issues within research. In 2002, McChesney co-founded the Illinois Initiative on Global Information and Communication Policy. McChesney also hosts the "Media Matters" weekly radio program every Sunday on WILL-AM radio.

McChesney's research interests include the political economy of communication, 20th century media history, international communication, media and communication policy, and media and social change. His most recent books include "Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy," published by New York: The New Press, 2013; "Dollarocracy: How the Money-and-Media-Election Complex is Destroying America,"  New York: Nation Books, 2013; and "The Endless Crisis: How Monopoly-Finance Capital Produces Stagnation and Upheaval from the USA to China," New York: Monthly Review Press, 2012.

McChesney’s presentation is open to the public.