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    NOAM CHOMSKY, Guest of Honor: "A Poisoned Chalice': The Media and the Use of Force"
    Bio: Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor (retired) at MIT, where he has been on the faculty since 1955. His professional work has been in linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science, and intellectual history. He has also taught, lectured, written, and spoken about international affairs, social and economic issues, media and intellectual culture, and related matters. His most recent books are Hegemony or Survival, Failed States, and Perilous Power (with Gilbert Achcar and Stephen Shalom). Previous books have included Manufacturing Consent (with Edward Herman, Pantheon, 1988, revised ed., 2002), Rogue States, 9-11, Understanding Power; Necessary Illusions, Year 501 and many more. He was a founding member of RESIST, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and other professional societies, and has been the recipient of numerous awards. He is also the most cited scholar in the world.

    EDWARD HERMAN, Guest of Honor: "The Propaganda Model 20 Years Later"
    Bio: Edward S. Herman is an economist, media analyst, and Professor Emeritus of Finance at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has a regular "Fog Watch" column in Z Magazine and maintains a web site,, which monitors the Philadelphia Inquirer. Among his books are The Washington Connection and Third World Fascism and Manufacturing Consent (both with Noam Chomsky, 1979 and 1988/2002); Corporate Control, Corporate Power (1981); Demonstration Elections (1984); The Terrorism Industry (with Gerry O’Sullivan, 1990); Triumph of the Market (1994), and The Myth of the Liberal Media (1999).

    PAUL BOIN, Conference Chair: "Haiti Through the Theoretical Prism of the Propaganda Model and Eurocentrism: An Analysis of North American Media Coverage"
    Bio: Paul Boin is the Creator/Chair of the 20 Years of Propaganda Conference (, an assistant professor of communication studies (University of Windsor), and the Chair of the Graduate Program in Communication and Social Justice at the University of Windsor. He is also an investigative journalist (Real News Network, and a media democracy activist (, and former editor/publisher of ECOLUTIONS Magazine. Paul's forthcoming book is entitled Media For the Public Mind: Creating a Democratic and Informative News Media to be published in the Spring of 2008 by Fernwood Publishing. He has also written articles including "Truth in Terror and in War", "Re-framing Our Global Predicament", "Confronting the Corporate Take-Over of the Internet", "New Media" (in Mediascapes with Scatamburlo-D’Annibale), and others.


    ABUBAKAR D. ALHASSAN: "Flakking Al-Jazeera: An examination of Washington establishment's responses to the coverage of 'Unworthy Victims'"
    Bio: Abubakar D. Alhassan is an assistant lecturer in mass communications at Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria and currently a PhD student at the University of Florida, USA. He received his BA (Honors) from Bayero University, Kano and his MA from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan. His research interests include international communication, transnational media corporation, digital divide, public service broadcasting, and communications law, policy and regulation.

    DANIEL AHADI: "The Ideology Filter Today: Islam and Violence"
    Bio: Daniel Ahadi is a first year PhD student at SFU’s School of Communication. His previous research has been on media propaganda, representation of Arabs and Muslims in the media, construction of the ‘other’ and media spectacles. He is specifically interested in studying the impact of 9-11 and its aftermath on the global media landscape, with a focus on Fox News Chanel. He is currently working with Dr. Catherine Murray on a study of ethnic/third language media in B.C., which will culminate in a report to the Western Region of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

    ROBIN ANDERSEN: "What Congressional Testimony about 'Misleading Information on the Battlefield' Tells Us About War Propaganda"
    Bio: Robin Andersen, Ph.D., teaches Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University and is the Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program. She has written numerous journal articles and book chapters about the ways in which media influence public opinion and social policy. She also writes about the impact of advertising and consumer culture on American society. She is the author of
    A Century of Media: A Century of War (Peter Lang Publishing: 2006), Consumer Culture and TV Programming (Westview Press: 1995) and coeditor of Critical Studies in Media Commercialism (Oxford University Press: 2000). She is frequently interviewed as an expert source on media issues for radio, television and newspaper reporting. She is also featured in numerous educational documentaries.

    STEVE ANDERSON: "Advancing Public Service Media Through Charitable Trusts"
    Bio: Steve Anderson is the founder of The Center For Information Awareness, anon-profit media organization.Steve has helped many non-profit media organizations produce and distribute online videos, including Independent World Television, FreePress, and the Center For Media and Democracy. Steve is currently a Graduate student at the Simon Fraser School of Communication.

    ISRA ALI: "Keeping Ideology Alive? Exploring the Role of Radical/Fundamentalist Islam in the Propaganda Model"
    Bio: Isra Ali is a third year PhD student in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies in the School of Information and Library Sciences at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Her research interests are grounded in feminist theory, politics, culture and mass media with an emphasis on the United States. Her current and past projects explore available avenues of empowerment and activism through media coverage for mothers of missing women in the context of post-colonial relations amongst nation states with varying degrees of economic and political power, and the fascination of American news media with the liberation of Muslim women.

    THOMAS BAGGERMAN: "Ownership/Technology/Content: Revisiting Herman & Chomsky’s Ownership Filter"
    Bio: Thom Baggerman received his B.A. in Telecommunications from Kent State, his M.S. in Communications and Information Systems from Robert Morris University, and his Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh. Thom spent several years working in local television, first as a Producer/Director and later as Operations Manager, overseeing the Production, Programming, and Promotion Departments at WTOV-TV in Steubenville, Ohio. His research interests include examining media industries through the lenses of economics, technology, and policy, and the social impact of the products that those media produce. Currently, Thom is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

    MICHAEL J. BARKER: "Global Greens and the Mass Media: Building for a Participatory Future?"
    Bio: Michael Barker is a doctorate student based at Griffith University (Australia) who studies the influence of the mass media on social change. He is particularly interested in the deradicalizing influence of liberal philanthropy on the development of media reform movements (and mass communications research more generally), and he also studies the antidemocratic activities of the National Endowment for Democracy on the development of 'indepedent' media organizations worldwide.

    KATHERINE BATEMAN: "Internal Regulation: Understanding the construction of the home-grown 'Others'"
    Bio: Katherine Bateman is completing her degree at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute. She is an organizer of the first annual Study in Action: Linking Undergraduate Students and Activism Conference at Concordia and McGill Universities. Her article, "Family Studies in Ontario: the reproduction of the private sphere in public schools" has been nominated for the Canadian Women's Studies Association Best Undergraduate Paper Award and is forthcoming in Subversions: the Journal of Gender and Sexuality. She works on issues of sexuality, citizenship, social regulation, colonialism and the state.

    BEVERLEY BEST: "Capitalism, Depression and Representation: What Julia Kristeva’s Analysis of Depression can Offer a Theory of Popular Media Representation"
    Bio: Beverley Best is Assistant Professor in the department of Communication Studies at the University of Windsor. Researching in the fields of political economy, cultural studies and Marxian cultural theory, Best's most recent projects concern the aethetic dimentions of Marx's method of political economy, and the cultural formations of contemporary finance capital.

    MEGAN BOLER: "‘Truthiness’ and Satire as Counterspin: Fighting Propaganda with the Humor of Desperation"
    Bio: Megan Boler is Associate Professor at University of Toronto and earned her Ph.D. at the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California. Her books include Feeling Power: Emotions and Education (Routledge 1999), Democractic Dialogue in Education: Troubling Speech, Disturbing Silences (Peter Lang, 2004), and Tactics in Hard Times: Spaces and Practices of New Media (forthcoming MIT Press, 2008). Her essays have been published in such journals as Cultural Studies, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and New Media and Society. In 2005 she was one of five external fellows invited to the Dartmouth Humanities Center Institute on Cyberdisciplinarity, and is the PI of a three-year funded study, “Rethinking Media, Democracy and Citizenship: New Media Practices And Online Digital Dissent After September 11.”

    GABRIEL BOTMA: "Manufacturing Cultural Capital: The Political Economy of Arts Journalism at Die Burger (2004-2005)"
    Bio: Gabriël Johannes Botma was recently appointed as lecturer in the journalism department of Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa, where he completed a M.Phil degree in journalism in 2006. The (translated) title of his thesis is
    Synergy as political economic strategy in balancing idealism and market-orientation at Die Burger (2004-2005). He completed the study as the holder of the prestigious Rykie van Reenen-fellowship at the journalism department of SU in 2005. After completing the fellowship, Mr Botma returned to his post as arts editor of the regional Afrikaans language daily newspaper Die Burger in Cape Town for a year. He was a journalist in different capacities for 15 years and served on a number of national and regional arts and culture judging panels. As a member of the South African Communication Association (SACOMM) he takes part in conference and publishing activities.

    OLIVER BOYD-BARRETT: "Recovering Agency for the Propaganda Model"
    Bio: Dr. Oliver Boyd-Barrett is Director of the School of Communication Studies at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, where he also holds a joint professorship in the departments of Journalism and Telecommunications. His regular classes include Media, War and Propaganda; and The Political Economy of Media Communication. He has researched and published extensively on issues to do with international news and news agencies. His latest book, as editor and contributor, is Communications Media, Globalization and Empire (John Libbey, 2006). In recent years he has turned his attention increasingly to mainstream and alternative media coverage of war and terrorism. His latest article on this theme, Positioning the News Audience as Idiot appears in Maltby, Keeble and Webster (Eds): Communicating War: Memory, Media and Military (Routledge, 2007).

    BRIAN BROWN: "Manipulating the Source Filter: visual subterfuge and the new media environment of Web 2.0"
    Bio: Brian is currently living in London, Ontario and has recently completed the first two semesters of his PhD in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. His research interests continue to navigate the overlapping theoretical potentials of Marxist criticism and Visual Culture Studies. Brian received his MA from the University of Windsor’s Department of Communication Studies in the fall of 2005 and is happy to be back at the University of Windsor amongst friends and colleagues.

    GHADA CHEHADE: "Strategic Demons & Ubiquitous Enemies In The Post 9/11 Propaganda Model: A Case Study Of Anti-Terrorism As The New Anti-Communism"
    Bio: Ghada Chehade was born in 1978 in Egypt to a Palestinian father and an Egyptian mother, and has lived in Canada since age two. She went to the University of Windsor where she obtained a B.A. in Political Science in 2001 and an M.A. in Communication and Social Justice in 2004. She is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Integrated Studies in Education at McGill University, and is the holder of a Canada Graduate Scholarship through SSHRC. She is a social justice activist and is currently working on a dissertation and a book that critically examine American foreign policy in the Middle East as well as the criminalization of dissent under ‘anti-terror’ legislation in North America.

    JAMES COMPTON: "Fear on the Planet of the Slums: Is Propaganda Necessary?" (with Nick Dyer-Witheford)
    Bio: James R. Compton is assistant professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. A former reporter and editor with Canadian Press/Broadcast News, he is author of The Integrated News Spectacle: A Political Economy of Cultural Performance (Peter Lang, 2004), and co-editor of Converging Media, Diverging Politics: A Political Economy of News Media in the United States and Canada, (Lexington, 2005).

    MARK COOPER: "Pandering vs. Propaganda In the Run Up to the Iraq War: Journalistic Failure in U.S. Commercial Mass Media"
    Bio: Dr. Cooper holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and is a former Yale University and Fulbright Fellow. He is Director of Research at the Consumer Federation of America, a Fellow at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society and at The Donald McGannon Communications Center of Fordham University. He has provided expert testimony in over 250 cases for public interest clients including Attorneys General, People’s Counsels, and citizen interveners before state and federal agencies, courts and legislators in almost four dozen jurisdictions in the U.S. and Canada. Books – The Case Against Media Consolidation (2006), Open Architecture as Communications Policy (2004), Media Ownership and Democracy in the Digital Information Age: Promoting Diversity with First Amendment Principles and Market Structure Analysis (2003), Cable Mergers and Monopolies: Market Power in Digital Media and Communications Networks (2002),

    MERCEDES LYNN DE URIATE: "Urbanizing the Propaganda Model: Filtered Sources, Worthy and Unworthy Victims in Gentrification"
    Bio: Formerly an assistant editor and writer at the Los Angeles Times, and now an Associate Professor in Journalism at the University of Texas, Austin, Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte received her PhD in American Studies from Yale University. At the Times, she was responsible for expanding coverage of Mexico and Central America, as well as that of U.S. minority communities. She also wrote on urban issues. She publishes frequently in mass media and academic publications. She has held a number of fellowships, including a Fulbright. She recently completed an assessment of the 25-year newsroom attempts to integrate and develop intellectual diversity— Diversity Disconnects: From Classroom the Newsroom.

    BRIAN DOLBER: "Consolidation and the Propaganda Model: Comparing NAFTA and PNTR Coverage on ABC News"
    Bio: Brian Dolber is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He studies the political economy of media and its relationship to the labor movement. Specifically, he is interested in how the rise of mass culture shaped Jewish working class institutions during the interwar period, and the role of labor unions in media policy advocacy. Brian earned his B.A. in journalism from George Washington University. He has worked on media policy issues as a congressional fellow in Rep. Diane Watson’s office, and has worked professionally in the labor and drug policy reform movements.

    KENNETH DOWLER: "Manufacturing Wars: American and Canadian Newspaper Reports
    On Iraq, Iran and North Korea 2001-2007" (with Valerie Zawilski)
    Bio: Kenneth Dowler is a professor of criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University—Brantford campus. His research focus is on media criminology. His most recent work examines the nature of homicide in both print and broadcast media. He has also examined the portrayal of victims, race, and gender in broadcast news. He has published in several journals including Journal of Criminal Justice, Canadian Journal of Criminology, Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture, Journal of Crime and Justice, American Journal of Criminal Justice, Policing Society, and Police Quarterly. Recently, he also has served as a guest editor on a special issue of media, crime and popular culture for the Canadian Journal of Criminology and the for Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture.

    JOHN DOWNING: "Assessing the Herman/Chomsky Propaganda Model: The View From the Home Front and the Twist From Social Movement Media"
    Bio: John Downing is founding director of Southern Illinois University's Global Media Research Center. He is author of Radical Media (1984 and 2001), and Internationalizing Media Theory (1996); co-author with Charles Husband of Representing 'Race' (2005); editor of Film and Politics in the Third W0rld (1987); co-editor with Ali Mohammadi and Annabelle Sreberny of Questioning the Media (1990 and 1995); and chief editor of the Sage Handbook of Media Studies (2004). He is currently editing a one-volume encyclopedia of social movement media.

    NICK DYER-WITHEFORD: "Fear on the Planet of the Slums: Is Propaganda Necessary?" (with James Compton)
    Bio: Nick Dyer-Witheford is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies, University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, Canada, and a member of the Counter-Stryker collective opposing military-academic-corporate collaborations. He is currently studying the contemporary usefulness of the young Marx's concept of 'species-being.' He can be reached at

    KELLY FINCHAM: "A Thousand Days of Propaganda: The New York Times and the 'War on Terror', September 2001 to November 2004"
    Bio: Kelly Fincham is a journalist with 20 years experience in the Irish and US media. In September 2001, she was living in New York on a career break from her post as foreign editor with the Irish Independent. The events of September 11, and the subsequent coverage of the "war on terror" in the US and Irish elite media, prompted her to rethink journalism and its place within democracy. In 2002, she resigned her post to pursue, successfully, a research MA in communications at Dublin City University based on that same question. "One Thousand Days of Propaganda" is derived from that research.

    AUGIE FLERAS: "Mis(news)casting Minorities: Biased Coverage or Coverage That is Biasing?
    Towards a Systemic Propaganda Model"
    Bio: Augie Fleras is a professor of Sociology at University of Waterloo. His intellectual and research interests are two-fold: diversity and media. He has published extensively in the diversity field, including works on racism, the politics of multiculturalism, and Aboriginal peoples in Canada and New Zealand. Current research includes a 5 year multi-partnered study into creating more inclusive mental health services and supports. Media research and publications tend to focus primarily on process and persuasion, with particular emphasis on the (mis)representational basis of media-minority relations in Canada. Currently, he is involved in a large multi-country (Germany and the United States) study on the role of mainstream and ethnic media in integrating minority women and men.

    CHRIS FLOOD: "The Ideological Dimension of the Propaganda Model: A Case Study of Public Service Broadcasting and the War on Terror" (with Galina Miazhevich, Stephen Hutchings & Henri Nickels)
    Bio: Chris Flood is Professor of European Studies and Head of the Department of Political, International and Policy Studies at the University of Surrey, where he is also Academic Director of the Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM). His publications include monographs on the theory of political myth and on the political thought of Paul Claudel. He has co-edited several collec­tions of essays on ideologies and intellectuals in France. His most recent articles have focused on Euroscepticism in the EU or on aspects of contemporary French political thought.

    AMY GOODMAN: "Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders and the People Who Fight Back"
    Bio: Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!. She is co-author of the national best-sellers, Static: government Liars, Media Cheerleaders and the People Who Fight Back, and The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media that Love Them, written with her brother David Goodman. Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 500 stations in North America and available online at Democracy Now!'s War and Peace Report provides facts and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S.corporate-sponsored media. Amy has also won numerous journalism awards, most recently the Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television, for individual achievement for a public broadcasting host, and the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. She also writes a weekly column, syndicated by King Features. Her radio documentaries garnered critical acclaim ("Massacre: The Story of East Timor", 1991 with Allan Nairn; "Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship", with Jeremy Scahill). Amy Goodman began her career in community radio in 1985 at Pacifica Radio's New York Station, WBAI.

    ROBERT HACKETT: "Reconsidering the Propaganda Model in light of the Hierarchy of Influences Model and Field Theory."
    Bio: Robert A. Hackett (Ph.D., Political Studies, Queen’s University at Kingston, 1983) is professor of communication at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, and co-director since 1993 of NewsWatch Canada, a media monitoring project. He has written, co-authored or co-edited a number of articles, books and monographs on journalism, political communication, and media representation. His books include Remaking Media: The struggle to democratize public communication (2006, with William Carroll), Democratizing Global Media: One World, Many Struggles (2005, co-edited with Yuezhi Zhao), The Missing News: Blind spots and filters in Canada’s press (2000, with R. Gruneau, D. Gutstein, T. Gibson and NewsWatch Canada), Sustaining Democracy? Journalism and the politics of objectivity (1998, with Yuezhi Zhao) and News and Dissent: The press and the politics of peace in Canada (1991). Hackett is on the editorial boards of Journalism Studies, Media Development, and Democratic Communique. He has also been involved for over 20 years in community-based media education and advocacy projects and groups, including Vancouver’s annual Media Democracy Day, the Union for Democratic Communications, and the North American executive committee of WACC, a global NGO concerned with communication for social change.

    ROBERT HARDING: "Framing Aboriginal Self-Governance in Canadian News Discourse"
    Bio: In 1997, Robert was employed by a university college in BC's Fraser Valley to help develop, in partnership with the First Nation, a social work diploma program based on Aboriginal principles. He is a doctoral candidate at Simon Fraser University, where he is researching media discourse about Aboriginal self-governance issues. His latest publications include "Historical representations of Aboriginal people in the Canadian News Media" in Discourse and Society and "The Media, Aboriginal People and Common Sense" in the Canadian Journal of Native Studies. Robert also teaches social policy and community development at the School of Social Work and Human at the University College of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, BC.

    ALEXIS HUDELOT: "The 'Fundamentalism' Dimension of the Ownership Filter"
    Bio: Alexis Hudelot completed, in 2005, a Master’s degree in History from Sherbrooke University, where he studied American media under the angle of representations. This angle brought him to reflect on the nature of news coverage and how each press group possesses it’s own philosophy, exported from one generation after the next. He is currently doing a Doctorate at UQAM (Université du Québec à Montréal), where he analyses the evolution of the media networks throughout the rise and fall of great powers. Alexis Hudelot will be teaching the class Media and conflict at Saint-Paul University from January 2008.

    DEREK HRYNYSHYN: "Propaganda Model and New Media"
    Bio: Derek Hrynyshyn is a political theorist with interests in the political economy of information technology. He holds a PhD from York University and has taught at Concordia University, the University of Windsor and Wilfrid Laurier University. He is working on a book about the political economy of intellectual property rights in the information society.

    STEPHEN HUTCHINGS: "The Ideological Dimension of the Propaganda Model: A Case Study of Public Service Broadcasting and the War on Terror" (with Galina Miazhevich, Chris Flood & Henri Nickels)
    Bio: Stephen Hutchings is Professor of Russian at Manchester University, having previously worked as Professor of Cultural Studies at Surrey University and Associate Professor of Russian at the University of Rochester, New York. He has published 3 monographs and two edited volumes, as well as numerous articles and book chapters on aspects of Russian literature, film, culture and media. Recipient of 3 AHRC 3-year research grants, he is currently researching European television representations of Islam as security threat.

    ROBERT JENSEN: "The Faculty Filter: Why the Propaganda Model is Marginalized in Journalism Schools"
    Bio: Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center His latest book is Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007). Jensen is also the author of The Heart of Whiteness: Race, Racism, and White Privilege and Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (both from City Lights Books); and Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream (Peter Lang). He can be reached at and his articles can be
    found online at

    SUT JHALLY: "Pedagogy and the Propaganda Model"
    Bio: Sut Jhally is Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Founder and Executive Director of the Media Education Foundation (MEF). The author of numerous books and articles on media(including
    The Codes of Advertising and Enlightened Racism) he is also an award-winning teacher (a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Massachusetts). He is best known as the producer and director of a number of films and videos (including Dreamworlds: Desire/Sex/Power in Music Video; Tough Guise: Media, Violence and the Crisis of Masculinity; and Hijacking Catastrophe: 9/11, Fear & the Selling of American Empire) that deal with issues ranging from gender, sexuality and race to commercialism, violence and politics.

    K'NAAN: Main Musical Act
    Bio: K'naan ( recently won a BBC World Music Award and a Canadian JUNO Award. K'naan was Born in Mogadishu, he is a Somali Canadian. He spent the early years of his life struggling to survive and listening to hip-hop records by artists like Nas and Rakim, sent to him by his father, who had left Somalia to work as a taxi driver in New York City . When K'Naan was 13, he, his mother, and his two siblings were able to leave their homeland and join relatives in Harlem, where they stayed briefly before moving to Rexdale, Ontario, where there was a large Somali community. As soon as K'Naan's English started improving he began rapping, and in tenth grade he dropped out of school and traveled around North America for two years, performing occasionally. Through his friendship with Sol Guy, part of promotion team Direct Current Media, K'naan performed in Geneva at the 50th anniversary of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in 2001, where he used his platform to publicly criticize the United Nations' handling of the Somali crisis in the 1990s.

    MEERA KARUNANANTHAN: "Media Ownership And Partisan Bias In Canadian Daily Newspapers"
    Bio: As media officer at the Council of Canadians, a citizens’ advocacy organization, Meera Karunananthan works regularly with mainstream and alternative media to promote social justice issues. Her passion for alternative media began when she got involved in setting up the Centre des médias alternatifs du Québec, Quebec’s Indymedia centre, prior to the Summit of the Americas in Quebec in April 2001. She has contributed to a number of English and French alternative media outlets including, le journal Alternatives and CKUT radio in Montreal.

    FAIZA HIRJI KASSAM: "Propaganda’s Song and Dance Routine: Analyzing Discourses of Reterritorialization in Indian Media"
    Bio: Faiza Hirji Kassam is a doctoral candidate in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. She is currently completing a dissertation on themes of nationalism and tradition in Bollywood cinema and the way these may be used in the formation of identity among Canadian Muslim youth of South Asian origin. She has written on Bollywood cinema and imperialism previously in Global Media Journal and on Canadian Muslims’ use of the Internet in the Journal of Communication Inquiry. Her research interests include diasporic media, transnational networks, popular culture, and the representation of ethnicity, religion and gender in mass media.

    ANDREW KENNISWN: "Combining the Propaganda Model and the Indexing Hypothesis: A Case Study Evaluating CNN/CNN en Espanol, on Coverage of Fallujah"
    Bio: Andrew Kennis is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Communications Research. He holds a M.A. in Political Science from the City University of New York, where he wrote his Master’s thesis on the propaganda model. His doctoral research focuses on applying the propaganda model, in combination with the indexing hypothesis, towards coverage of the Iraq war, immigration into the U.S. and social movements that have opposed official U.S. policy. Besides having taught as an adjunct Professor in Mexico, San Francisco and New York, Andrew also worked as a freelance investigative journalist based in Mexico City. During this time, he reported from an array of locations abroad, including Chiapas, Guatemala, Quebec, Palestine, Israel and Taiwan.

    KOLE KILIBARDA: "Media Report Card on Accuracy in Reporting of Israel/Palestine: Canadian Print Media"
    Bio: Kole Kilibarda is a member of the Near East Cultural and Educational Foundation (NECEF) in Toronto, an organizer with the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) and is currently completing his PhD studies at York University.

    IRENA KNEZEVIC: "Seeds of Radical Criticism: Theoretical Precursors of The Propaganda Model"
    Bio: Irena Knezevic is a PhD Candidate in the Joint Communication and Culture Program at York and Ryerson Universities. She holds a MA degree in Communication and Social Justice from the University of Windsor. Her research interests are centred around language and ideology and the complexities of commercial discourses.

    DAVID KOVIN: "The 'Rwanda Effect': How the Media Grew Tired of Africa and Brought Terrorist Violence to America"
    Bio: David Kovin has a M.A. from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana in Political Science. His research interests include Catholic political movements in Latin America and explanations of civil wars, framing effects and public opinion in the American media, and the political ramifications of Wittgenstein’s philosophy. Currently, he is pursing a second undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Bradley University in Peoria, IL and will seek a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a concentration in Philosophy of Science in the near future.

    KIRSTEN KOZOLANKA: "Unworthy Citizens, Poverty and the Media: A Case Study in Marginalized Voices, Alternative Media and Oppositional Communication"
    Bio: Kirsten Kozolanka holds degrees from Middlebury College (MA), Middlebury, VT and Carleton University (MJ, PhD), Ottawa, Ontario. She has worked in political offices on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and at
    Queen’s Park in Toronto, and in federal government communications. She is the author of Power of Persuasion: The Rise of the New Right in Ontario (Black Rose, 2007). Currently she is teaching journalism and mass communication at Carleton University.

    DEEPA KUMAR: "Why Collective Struggle Matters: The Case for a Dominance/Resistance Model of the Media"
    Bio: is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of the book Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization, and the UPS Strike (University of Illinois Press, 2007). In addition to her work on class, she has also written several articles on the media, Islam, and the "war on terror” that appear in scholarly journals such as /Media, Culture, and Society/, /Feminist Media Studies/, and /Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies/. She is active in various movements for social justice, including the anti-war and immigrant rights movements.

    RON LEARY: Musical Act
    Windsor Ontario-based singer/songwriter Ron Leary is a captivating performer who's sarcastic and self-effacing tone will have you laughing boisterously one second and then wondering if you should have the next. With the debut full-length release "theroadinbetween" (June 2006), produced by Dean Drouillard, Ron Leary has quickly become regarded as one of the finest emerging independent Canadian singer/songwriters. Ron’s voice has been compared to "an old bottle of whiskey - warm, with a little bite and a velvety finish" and immediately stands out upon first listen. Beneath the surface are meticulously crafted songs and lyrics that combine the best of the story-telling troubadours along with indie-pop and alt-country goodness.

    ANTHONY LENZO: "Toward a Propaganda Model of Liberation: The Propaganda Model Applied
    to the 21st Century Socialism of Venezuela"
    Bio: Anthony J. Lenzo teaches speech communication and media studies at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana. His current research examines democratic structures within alternative media production. Lenzo has produced several documentary videos including Dad’s Dates and A Voice in the Wilderness: An Interview with Peace Activist Kathy Kelly. He is presently working on a documentary video on alternative media in Venezuela. Lenzo is active in the anti-war and media reform movements, and the Green Party in the United States.

    SCOTT LOVAAS: "Thought Control in Democratic South Africa"
    Bio: Scott Lovaas is a PhD candidate in Media Studies at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa. His experiences include development work in South Africa, mental health and ministry. Academic interests include: US foreign policy, media, and thought control. Lovaas is also an ordained United Church of Christ minister and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Currently, he lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    ISABEL MACDONALD: "Freedom of The Press Barons: The Haitian Media and he 2004 Coup D’etat"
    Bio: Isabel Macdonald is a researcher, freelance journalist and documentary video maker. For her MA thesis
    (‘Covering the Coup: Canadian Reporting, Journalists and Sources in the 2004 Haiti Crisis’, 2006, Joint
    Programme in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities), she used the Propaganda Model
    to examine news coverage of the 2004 coup d'etat in Haiti. She is currently based in Toronto, however, in
    June 2007, she will be moving to NYC to work as the communications director for Fairness and Accuracy in
    Reporting (FAIR).

    DANILO MANDIC: "The Propaganda Model and the 1999 NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia"
    Bio: Danilo Mandic is at the Sociology Department at Princeton University. Originally from Belgrade, Serbia, he has extensively researched and written on Serbian national mythology, the Yugoslav civil wars, the role of Western intervention in the collapse of the former Yugoslavia and the "Kosovo question." His current research interests include Balkan history, contemporary nationalism and US foreign policy.

    PATRICIA MAZEPA: "Direct from the Source: When the Canadian Government Produces its Own Propaganda"
    Bio: Patricia Mazepa is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at York University in Toronto. Her current research and teaching interests are based on the political economy of communication and include understanding the relationship between labour, communication and culture, variations of the military industrial complex, and articulations of hegemony and ideology in media.

    ROBERT W. MCCHESNEY: "The Legacy of Herman, Chomsky and the Propaganda Model"
    Bio: Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the President and co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization -- McChesney also hosts the “Media Matters” weekly radio program every Sunday afternoon on WILL-AM radio -- McChesney has written or edited seventeen books. McChesney has just completed Communication Revolution: Critical Junctures and the Future of Media, to be published by New Press in fall 2007. A companion book, The Political Economy of Media: Enduring Issues, Emerging Dilemmas (Monthly Review Press), will appear in spring 2008. From 2000 to 2004 he served as co-editor of Monthly Review – -- the independent socialist magazine founded by Paul Sweezy and Leo Huberman in 1949. Prior to entering graduate school in 1983, McChesney was the founding publisher of The Rocket, a Seattle-based rock magazine. At the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in McChesney's hometown of Cleveland, the founding of The Rocket is credited as the birth of the Seattle rock scene of the late 1980s and 1990s. In his spare time, McChesney writes on professional basketball for a number of websites.

    LINDA MCQUAIG: "Imperial Envy: Canada and the U.S. Empire"
    Bio: Journalist and best-selling author Linda McQuaig has developed a reputation for challenging the establishment. Winner of a National Newspaper Award and an Atkinson Fellowship for Journalism in Public Policy, she has written for The Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Montreal Gazette, and numerous national magazines. She now writes a weekly political column on the op-ed page of the Toronto Star. She has authored seven books, all national best-sellers--on politics and economics, including: Shooting the Hippo, The Cult of Impotence, All You Can Eat, It's the Crude, Dude, and most recently, Holding The Bully's Coat: Canada and the U.S. Empire.

    GALINA MIAZHEVICH: "The Ideological Dimension of the Propaganda Model: A Case Study of Public Service Broadcasting and the War on Terror" (with Chris Flood, Stephen Hutchings & Henri Nickels)
    Bio: (Belarus), MA (Hungary). In her PhD (UK) she applied the social identity theory to the process of informal norms’ transfer within the transitional post-soviet society. Before completing her PhD at the University of Manchester, Galina lectured at the Belarusian State University and Institute of Contemporary knowledge and worked in partnership with the Civic Education Project (Belarus). She is the author of articles on development of post-soviet identity, in particular on gender issues in post-soviet society. Currently, she is a research associate at the University of Manchester (UK), participating in the project exploring mass-media representations of terrorism in European media.

    LYDIA MILJAN: "Applying the Propaganda Model to the Canadian Media System"
    Bio: Professor Miljan teaches in the areas of Canadian public policy, research methodology and politics and the media. Her main research interests include how journalist’s personal views are reflected in news content, and public opinion formation. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Windsor in the Department of Political Science. She has published two books, the fourth edition of Public Policy in Canada, with Stephen Brooks, and Hidden Agendas: How Journalists Influence the News, with Barry Cooper. Hidden Agendas was short-listed for the Donner Prize for the best book in public policy 2003/04. Previously, she was the Director of the National Media Archive at the Fraser Institute, where she conducted over 80 content analysis of public policy issues ranging from free trade to women’s issues. She remains a Senior Research Fellow of the Fraser Institute.

    DAVID MILLER: "The Propaganda Model and Social Change"
    Bio: David Miller is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Geography and Sociology. David is widely known for his writings on propaganda, spin and lobbying as well as for his expertise on 'terrorism', conflict in Ireland and Iraq, global power-politics and the Scottish political scene. He is often called upon by the broadcast media as a commentator on media issues and regularly writes for popular media outlets. Recent books include
    The Cutting Edge: How Corporate PR Undermined Democracy (2007, with William Dinan), Tell Me lies: Propaganda and Media Distortion in the Attack on Iraq (2004), and an edited collection (2007, with William Dinan) Thinker, Faker, Spinner, Spy: Corporate PR and the Assault on Democracy.

    ANDREW MONTI: "The Propaganda Model and Public Service Broadcasting: The Case of RAI, Italy"
    Bio: Andrew Monti was born in Rome, Italy, and lived in various countries throughout the World, among which Ethiopia, United States and England. He received a Bachelor of Science in International Economics and Management from Bocconi University, in Milan. Currently, he is obtaining a Master's degree in Communication and Culture at the York University and Ryerson Univeristy Joint Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture. He has worked for (H) Films, an advertising production company, in Milan, and for Omni Television, in Toronto, as a reporter for the international news and sports departments.

    ANDREW MULLEN: "British Press Coverage of European Integration: Applying the Herman-Chomsky Propaganda Model"
    Bio: Dr Andrew Mullen is a senior lecturer in politics at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne (Britain). His main research interests include European integration, the British Left, international relations, British foreign policy, the Anglo-American ‘special relationship’, propaganda and the interface between media and politics. He is the author of The British Left’s ‘Great Debate’ on Europe (Continuum, 2007) and Anti- and Pro-European Propaganda in Britain (Continuum, 2008). He also hopes to establish a Chomsky Study Group in the autumn of 2007.

    DENNIS MURPHY: "Propaganda In and For Today: A Modest Proposal"
    Bio: Dennis Murphy, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Concordia University, has taught the Department’s Propaganda Seminar for over thirty-five years. He has been invited to lead policy discussions on propaganda by government bodies in Hungary, France and Germany. Dr. Murphy was Concordia’s Executive Director of University Communications from 2001-2004. His additional fields of research include Media and Communication Ethics, and Public Relations. He is a member of the scientific committee for la Chaire en Relations Publiques at the l’Université du Québec à Montréal.

    MOLLY NIESEN: "Just Say No: The Anti-drug Crusade as Systematic Propaganda"
    Molly Niesen is a PhD student in the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois. Her work focuses on the political economy of the mass media, advertising, and public relations as they relate to and inform the “war on drugs.” In particular, she explores the Advertising Council’s activities during the 1960s and 70s to demonstrate ways in which advertisers and drug companies constructed the first national drug abuse prevention campaign.

    HENRI NICKELS: "The Ideological Dimension of the Propaganda Model: A Case Study of Public Service Broadcasting and the War on Terror" (with Galina Miazhevich, Chris Flood & Stephen Hutchings)

    Bio: Henri Nickels, PhD, is currently carrying out postdoctoral research under Professor Chris Flood's direction at the University of Surrey, England. The project they work on offers the first cross-national study of television news representations of Islam as security threat in Britain, France and Russia. The study is interdisciplinary in nature, synthesizing insights from media/cultural studies, political research and political communications. Henri was awarded his Ph.D. in February 2005 at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, successfully defending his dissertation titled: Framing the Refugee and Asylum Question in Luxembourg: An Interactive Approach to Framing Theory.

    PETER PHILLIPS: "Left Progressive Media Inside the Propaganda Model"
    Bio: Peter Phillips is a Professor Sociology at Sonoma State University and Director of Project Censored. He teaches classes in Media Censorship, Sociology of Power, Political Sociology, and Sociology of Media. He has published ten editions of Censored: Media Democracy in Acton from Seven Stories Press, Impeach the President: The Case Against Bush and Cheney (2006) and Project Censored Guide to Independent Media and Activism (2003). Phillips writes op-ed pieces for independent media nationwide having published in dozens of publications newspapers and websites including Z magazine, Counterpunch, Common Dreams, Buzzflash, Social Policy, and Briarpatch. Phillips is a fifth generation Californian, who grew up on a family-owned farm west of the Central Valley town of Lodi.

    VICTOR PICKARD: "When the Barbaric Becomes Sublime: How the New York Times Normalized the Iraq War"
    Bio: Victor Pickard is a doctoral candidate in the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research explores the intersections of media policy, politics, and democratic theory, and has been published in a number of academic journals, including the Journal of Communication; Global Media and Communication; Media, Culture & Society; New Media and Society; Journal of Communication Inquiry; and Critical Studies in Media Communication. Currently he is writing a dissertation on postwar communications policy and normative theories of media democracy.

    KEVIN PINA: "Guerilla Tactics For Challenging the Corporate Media"
    Bio: Kevin Pina is a U.S journalist and filmmaker. He is known primarily for his coverage of the human rights abuses and suppression of democracy in Haiti following the overthrow of Jean Bertrand Aristide and the
    installation of the interim government. Since these subjects receive little or no play in the corporate controlled media, Pina most often writes articles for, and gives interviews to the alternative media including the radio show Flashpoints. Pina is also the Founding Editor of the Haiti Information Project(HIP), an alternative news agency based in Port au Prince.

    JUDY REBICK: "Propaganda and Patriarchy"
    Bio: Judy Rebick is a well-known social justice activist, writer, journalist and speaker. She is currently the CAW Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University. Judy is the founder of, Canada’s irreverent progressive online news and information source. She is the author of several books and articles, most recently Ten Thousand Roses: The Making of a Feminist Revolution (Penguin 2005). Her other books are Imagine Democracy (Stoddard 2000) and Politically Speaking (Douglas & McIntyre 1996). During the 1990’s, Judy was the host of a two national TV shows on CBC Newsworld and a frequent commentator on CBC radio and television. She also contributes commentaries to a host of newspapers and magazines. Judy is perhaps best known to Canadians as a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women, Canada’s largest women’s group.

    SHELDON RAMPTON: "Breaking the Frame: How New Media Are Changing the Propaganda Model"
    Bio: Sheldon Rampton is the research director at the Center for Media and Democracy in Madison, Wisconsin. He is the co-author, with John Stauber, of books including "Toxic Sludge Is Good For You: Lies, Damned Lies and the Public Relations Industry," "Toxic Sludge Is Good For You: How Industry Manipulates Industry and Gambles with Your Future," "Weapons of Mass Deception: The Uses of Propaganda in Bush's War on Iraq," and "Banana Republicans: How the Right Wing is Turning America into a One-party State." Rampton is also the creator of SourceWatch (, an online, user-written encyclopedia of politics.

    MANUEL ROZENTAL: "Manufactured consent for export? The Propaganda Model and US and Canadian ‘democracy promotion’" (With Isabel McDonald)
    Bio: Manuel Rozental is a sessional teacher at Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie. He is a member of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Cauca in Colombia Communications, the Foreign Affairs Team, and In the Name of Democracy research centre En Camino Collective.

    MAIJA SAARI: "Whose right to know about new drugs? Impact of the Big Pharma-Media Interlock on Population Health in the Battle for Direct-to-Consumer Drug Marketing in Canada" (with Dunn L, Pilla J, Singh S.
    Bio: Maija Saari, M.A. (Journ.) is an assistant professor of Journalism at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford Campus interested in nexus between drug marketing and the news media. A former print and television journalist, she designed the new undergraduate Honours degree program in Journalism at Laurier Brantford. Laurie Dunn MSc., BScPhm. and John Pilla MSc., BScPhm are clinical researchers whose primary research interest is improving the use of medications in the community. They are preceptors with the Doctor of Pharmacy program, Faculty of Pharmacy, and the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Simone Singh, Hon.BSc. is a research assistant with Medication Use Management Services (MUMS),

    VALERIE SCATAMBURLO-D’ANNIBALE: "The Propaganda Model in the Post 9/11 Era"
    Bio: Dr. Valerie Scatamburlo-D’Annibale is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Windsor. Her first book, Soldiers of Misfortune: The New Right’s Culture War and the Politics of Political Correctness, earned her the American Educational Studies Association’s Critic’s Choice Award in 2000. The author of more than two dozen book chapters and journal articles, her most recent publications include “Imagining the Impossible: Revolutionary Critical Pedagogy Against the 21st Century American Imperium” and “Excavating Hope Among the Ruins: Confronting Creeping Fascism in our Midst.” She is currently at work on a new book, The Big Chill: Patriotic Correctness and the Demonization of Dissent due out in 2008.

    DANNY SCHECHTER: "Challenging Media Crimes"
    Bio: Danny Schechter is a journalist and filmmaker who blogs for and edits He is the author of 8 books including WHEN NEWS LIES:Media Complicity and the Iraq War and THE DEATH OF MEDIA. He produced and directed WMD (Weapons of Mass Deception) for Globalvision ( His new film is IN DEBT WE TRUST ( He has been a leader in the media and democracy movement, and quite as it is kept, was an Assistant to The Mayor of Detroit in 1966.

    COLIN SPARKS: "Extending and Refining the Propaganda Model"
    Bio: Colin Sparks is Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Communication and Media Research Institute of the University of Westminster, in London, UK. He has published extensively on aspects of the mass media, particularly on issues raised by the role of the mass media in the transition away from communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe and China. His most recent writings on new are to be found in the volume edited by Lee Artz, Steve Macek and Dana Cloud Marxism and Communication Studies(New York, Peter Lang: 2006). He can be contacted by email through

    JOHN SORENSON: "Attacking Animal Advocacy"
    Bio: John Sorenson is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Brock University, where he teaches courses on corporate globalization, racism and animal rights. His books include Ghosts and Shadows:
    Construction of Identity and Community in an African Diaspora; African Refugees; Disaster and Development in the Horn of Africa, Culture of Prejudice; and Imagining Ethiopia: Struggles for History and Identity in the Horn of Africa. The latter book employed Herman?s and Chomsky's propaganda model to media coverage of famine and war in the Horn of Africa.

    JAMES F. TRACY: "Historical Notes on the Propaganda Model and the Class War Within: Labor, Technology, and U.S. Newspaper Industry"
    Bio: James Tracy is assistant professor of media studies at Florida Atlantic University. His research includes the history of alternative media, labor unionism and technology in the North American newspaper industry,
    and the media's representation of social class and labor-management conflict. Tracy is presently working on a historical analysis of the social and economic antecedents to the newspaper industry's automation
    and the press' accompanying control of public discourse in post-war America.

    CLIFF VANDERLINDEN: "A Sixth Filter? The Case for Technology in the Propaganda Model"
    Bio: Cliff Vanderlinden is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, where he is studying International Relations and Comparative Politics. He is a former graduate student in the Communication and Culture program at York University and has degrees in journalism, economics and political science. He has worked as a journalist for a national daily newspaper and is also the former president of a Toronto-based information and communications technology firm. His interests in media theory are centred primarily on the shaping of practice within the journalism community.

    VOLKAN UCE: "The assasination of Hrant Dink on the News in 10 countries: A Contemporary Case Study of the Propaganda Model"
    Bio: Volkan Uce (1981) studied Political Sciences at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and is research assistant at the same university. At the department Political Science, he takes part in the research unit Media, Civil Society and Politics. Recently he joined the Electronic News Archive and guides several students and other colleagues through the archive. His main interests are television news broadcasts and framing in particular.

    JAMES WINTER: "When Foreign Policies Meet: The New Underground Railway Runs From Haiti to Windsor"
    Bio: James Winter is the author of: Lies The Media Tell Us (2007), MediaThink (2002), Democracy's Oxygen: How Corporations Control the News (1997) and Common Cents: Media Portrayal of the Gulf War and Other Events (1992). He is the co-author, with Maude Barlow, of The Big Black Book: The Essential Views of Conrad and Barbara Amiel Black (1997), editor of The Silent Revolution (1990), and co-editor of Media Concentration and Monopoly (1988). Dr. Winter is a professor in the department of communication and social justice at the University of Windsor.

    VALERIE ZAWILSKI: "Manufacturing Wars: American Newspaper and Canadian Reports
    On Iraq, Iran and North Korea 2001-2007" (with Kenneth Dowler)
    Bio: Valerie Zawilski received her Ph. D in Sociology from the University of Toronto. She has taught Sociology at Queen's, and Trent Universities. She is presently an Assistant Professor in Contemporary Studies at
    Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford Ontario. She has written on nationalism, social inequality and social justice issues. Her book, which examines the geo-political and socio-economic origins of war in Afghanistan, Chechnya and Kosovo will be published in 2008 by Canadian Scholar's Press in Toronto, Canada.

    ANTONIA ZERBISIAS: ''The View From The Couch''
    Bio: Antonia Zerbisias is media columnist for The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper. A National Newspaper Award winner for critical writing, she is best known for her columns on the media coverage of the build-up to the invasion of Iraq. In 2002-2004, she co-hosted the program Inside Media for CBC Newsworld. Before joining the Star in 1989 as TV columnist, she was a reporter and producer for CBC-TV news and current affairs. She holds an Honours MBA in Market Research. She believes she is the oldest person on Facebook and is going deaf from listening to her iPod.

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