Zelizer Receives Patten Lecturer Fellowship

At Left: Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D.

Barbie Zelizer, Ph.D., the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication, has been named a William T. Patten Lecturer at Indiana University for the next academic year.  Prof. Zelizer will deliver two lectures at Indiana University during her tenure. She is the first communication scholar to receive this honor.

A former journalist, Prof. Zelizer’s work focuses on the cultural dimensions of journalism, with a specific interest in journalistic authority, collective memory, and journalistic images in times of crisis and war. 

A past president of the International Communication Association, Prof. Zelizer has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Research Fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, a Fellow at Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, and a Fulbright Senior Scholar. She is presently a Fellow at Stanford University's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. She also works on the impact of disciplinary knowledge on academic inquiry. 

She is the author of 12 books, including About to Die: How News Images Move the Public (Oxford, 2010), Journalism After September 11 (Routledge, 2011), and Remembering to Forget: Holocaust Memory through the Camera’s Eye (University of Chicago Press, 2000).

The William T. Patten Foundation provides funds to bring to the Bloomington campus for a week people of extraordinary national and international distinction in the sciences, the humanities and the arts.

Past lecturers have included Oscar Arias, Wendell Berry, Jorge Luis Borges, Noam Chomsky, Natalie Zemon Davis, Umberto Eco, Nancy Fraser, Julian S. Huxley, Toni Morrison, Amos Oz, and Lester Thurow.  Penn President Amy Gutmann was herself a Patten lecturer in 1994.

For a more complete history on William T. Patten and further details on the upcoming lecture series, visit http://patten.indiana.edu.