Distributed July 1, 2002
For Immediate Release

News Service Contact: Tracie Sweeney

R.I. high school students invited to explore “Culture and Mass Media”

Rhode Island high school students may enroll at a reduced rate in “Culture and Mass Media,” a course offered through Brown University’s Office of Summer Studies. The course, created by political scientist Darrell West and taught by Katherine Stewart, meets weekdays from July 22 through August 2.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Brown University’s Office of Summer Studies invites highly motivated high school students who live in Rhode Island to enroll in a noncredit college-level course titled “Culture and Mass Media.”

The two-week course, an adaptation of one taught during the academic year by Brown University political scientist Darrell West, takes a look at how television networks, cable outlets, chat rooms, talk radio, Internet sites and tabloid shows have transformed the political and cultural arena. Topics include media and race, media and gender, commercial and political advertising, the rise of celebrity politics, election campaigns, public policy, and war coverage. The course, taught by instructor Katherine Stewart, will incorporate Web- and computer-based instruction. West will join the group to lead classroom discussion after the students have developed a thorough foundation.

Participants will meet weekdays from 9 a.m. until noon beginning Monday, July 22. The class concludes on Friday, August 2.

The standard cost for the course is $2,400. However, Rhode Island students may enroll for $100 plus the cost of materials. Students interested in living on campus for two weeks may enroll for $625 plus the cost of materials. Students will be asked to provide teacher recommendations and transcripts.

For more information, call the Office of Summer Studies (401-863-7900), send e-mail to Karen_Lehrach@brown.edu, or visit the Web at http://www.brown.edu/summer.