Villanova, Pa. – American culture has undergone many changes in the recent past as a result of technological advances and changes in communication. Lance Strate, PhD, the fall 2015 Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication, will explore this topic in his lecture “Fatal Amusements: Contemplating the Tempest of Contemporary Media and American Culture” at the Fifth Annual Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication Public Lecture on November 3, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in Garey Hall Café on Villanova’s campus. The event is sponsored by the Department of Communication in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Strate, professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, holds a doctorate in Media Ecology from New York University. He is the author of Echoes and Reflections: On Media Ecology as a Field of Study (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2006), On the Binding Biases of Time and Other Essays on General Semantics and Media Ecology (Fort Worth, TX: Institute of General Semantics, 2011), and Amazing Ourselves to Death: Neil Postman's Brave New World Revisited (New York: Peter Lang, 2014). Dr. Strate's scholarship has been devoted to the analysis and criticism of media and popular culture, the study of new media, and the development and elaboration of media ecology as a field of study.
Dr. Strate will address several questions in his talk including what will be the fate of American culture in the 21st century and what are the prospects for survival in the face of an ongoing onslaught of technological innovation that has mutated our forms of public communication and discourse. He will also touch on media ecology, which is the study of media as environments, and offers an approach for making sense out of our current technological maelstrom, as well as engaging in critical evaluation of our contemporary situation. Drawing on this scholarship, Dr. Strate will raise questions about the future of our culture and the prospects for retaining our humanity in a technological age.
A reception will follow the lecture at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.