Zelizer Accepts Media and Sociology Visiting Scholars Post at Free University of Brussels

Professor Barbie Zelizer will be the Corelio Chair in Media and Society at the Free University of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) for the next several weeks. On April 29 she will deliver the lecture at that university, titled “Journalism and collective memory.”   Abstract:   "As one of the premier institutions of public record-keeping, journalism plays a central role in providing an ongoing account of present-day events. But alongside that account it also offers a record of the past. This lecture will address the ways in which journalism acts as a vehicle of collective memory, showing how it shapes, challenges and upholds certain versions of the past over others. In so doing, the lecture will raise the question of journalism's responsibility for past and present, writ large."   While there she also will give a full day doctoral student workshop, a lecture on May 8 called “Engaging Journalism's Future,” and will deliver a number of classroom presentations, enabling her to work with a select group of students from Belgium, Germany, the United Kingdom, Hungary, and Romania.