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Political discourse topic of rescheduled S&E lecture


Diana Mutz, professor of political science and communication at the University of Pennsylvania, will visit the College as part of the Union College Distinguished Women in Science and Engineering Lecture series on Monday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Nott Memorial with a talk titled “In Your Face Politics.”

The series is sponsored by the Skidmore Union Network, funded by Skidmore’s and Union’s NSF Advance grants. Originally scheduled for January, this talk was postponed due to weather.

Mutz will explore “the social, psychological and historical consequences of having politicians ‘in our face’ on a regular basis.”

She notes that Americans today experience greater proximity to politicians for two reasons. Television regularly focuses on them through tight camera angles, and televised political discourse tends to be more uncivil and impolite than ordinary personal discourse.

“I find the combination of these two characteristics to have important implications for how people respond to politics and politicians,” Mutz says.

For more information about the Skidmore Union Network, visit http://sun.skidmore.union.edu, or contact Brenda Johnson at johnsonb@union.edu.