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UCR's Sept. 11 Expertise

UCR Faculty Offer Expertise on the Aftermath of Terrorist Attacks of Sept. 11

Faculty at UCR can discuss how the media has portrayed the event, the causes of terrorism and the war on terror.

(September 8, 2006)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Sept. 8, 2006 — University of California, Riverside faculty members can provide expertise to the media during coverage of the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Their research areas include the interplay between the popular media and the public, religion’s role in Islamic radicalization and the West’s responses to these developments, as well as how people memorialize the dead.

  • Charles Whitney, professor in the departments of creative writing and sociology

    Whitney can give an overview of the media coverage of terrorism since 9/11 and the communications techniques used on both sides of the conflict. His research specialties are the sociology of mass media communicators, the social effects of mass media, political communication and public opinion.

    Phone: (951) 827-6076

  • Ivan Strenski, Holstein Family and Community Professorship in the Department of Religious Studies

    Strenski has written several articles on the clash of cultures between Muslims and the West including an opinion piece on the controversial Jyllands-Posten editorial cartoons. He studies the relevance of shrines and memorials in the process of mourning and in the public consciousness. Areas of his research include the intersections of religion and politics, of religion and science, and theory and method in the study of religion.

    Phone: (951) 827-5986

  • Toby Miller, professor in the departments of English, Sociology and Women's Studies, director of the program in film and visual culture

    Miller can address how images of terrorism have been portrayed in film and TV since the attack, including “World Trade Center,” “United 93,” “Fahrenheit 9/11” and other films and documentaries that have been produced within the last five years. Miller is the director of the Film and Visual Culture program at UC Riverside and has been quoted widely about media and cultural studies.

    Phone: (951) 827-6078

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    A broadcast studio with fiber cable to the AT&T Hollywood hub is available for live or taped interviews. UCR also has ISDN for radio interviews. To learn more, call (951) UCR-NEWS.

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