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"Carstarphen, Meta G." <[log in to unmask]>
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Carstarphen, Meta G.
Wed, 4 Mar 2015 03:41:55 +0000
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Dear MACers:
Hope all is well and that everyone is surviving the winter weather that seems without ending.

I have wondered for a while how we as a group might have a conversation about the ways we can engage our students and the academy in social justice issues. We do this, I know in our lectures, our writings, our research. James has shared with us a wonderful example of he is working with students.  I know there are others. But we may be so isolated in our work that we don't take the time to share and connect.

I am as guilty as anyone of this. Since the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin, I have seen a new determination in our students of color and others to be a voice for change. On my campus I joined with other colleagues to host a forum on this and again after the Michael Brown incident. 

But it is one thing to be part of a national conversation and something else to have it hit close to home. On February 14, 2014, a family friend name Luis Rodriguez was killed in a senseless encounter with police in Moore OK. I won't take up your time with details--there is plenty of information out there on this case as we continue to press for justice. Last month, his wife (she refuses to claim the title widow) organized a rally to observe the one year anniversary of his death.

I have intentionally been in somewhat of a hibernation. I'm thinking a lot about how the work we do can connect with the communities we serve, and how the academy can do better. This was a driving reason why I agreed to run for office with AEJMC this year.

But I wonder if other MACers see any value in shaping a sustained conversation about social justice issues and the role of the media and mass communication in ways that might impact communities? Perhaps the work is already being done and we need to talk about what we are doing more.

Thanks James, Lillie, Anita, Sharon,Federico and so many more of you than I can name right now for inspiring me with what you do. Let's continue to encourage each other.

Thanks for letting me intrude with these thoughts.

Meta G. Carstarphen, Ph.D., APR
Gaylord College of Journalism & Mass Communication
2005-2012 Gaylord Endowed Professor
University of Oklahoma ** 395 W. Lindsey Blvd-Room 3120B
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