Mason to Host Panel Discussion on Imus Flap

Posted: April 24, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

A public forum on the recent flap involving radio personality Don Imus is being held at noon today in the Johnson Center Cinema on the Fairfax Campus. Open to the campus community, it is titled “Who Can Say What to Whom?”

Peter Pober, director of Mason’s highly successful Forensics Team, will moderate a panel comprised of Mason educators. Panelists include Paul Smith, professor of cultural studies; Robert Lichter and Mark Hopson, professors of communication; and Michelle Guobadia, assistant director of fraternity and sorority life at Mason.

According to Pober, the issues of race, gender, free speech and the overriding concept of civility are constants in American society that require continuing attention and discussion. He notes that this program is designed to give members of the Mason community a chance to engage in a dialogue on these issues in relation to the comments made by Imus that dominated the news in America for several weeks.

This event is sponsored by Mason’s Department of Communication and Office of University Relations.

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