Terrorism, Media, Liberation (Rutgers University Press, July 25) explores how the mass media have and should depict violent acts: What constitutes “terrorism”? What are the historical and cultural origins of the mass media’s attention to violent acts? How is terrorism mediated to give it meaning to a mass audience?

Edited by J. David Slocum, an associate dean at New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science, the collection of 15 essays examines the relationship between violent political actions and the media that present and frame them for mass audiences. Slocum, who teaches in the Cinema Studies Department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, has also edited Violence and American Cinema (American Film Institute, 2000).

Among the contributors is NYU’s Allen Feldman, a political/medical anthropologist who has conducted ethnographic field research in Northern Ireland and South Africa. He is an associate professor in the Steinhardt School of Education’s Department of Culture and Communication.

Reporters interested in speaking with Slocum or Feldman should contact James Devitt, Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu.

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