FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              Date: September 27, 2001

Contact: Donna McCracken, (217) 206-6716

UIS to host panel discussion examining “war fever”

SPRINGFIELD – A panel discussion on “Questioning War Fever: What The Mainstream Media Isn’t Telling You” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, October 4, in Brookens Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield. The program is presented by the Springfield Independent Media Center in conjunction with the class Anarchism and Social Change, offered at UIS this fall. According to Ron Sakolsky, professor of Public Administration at UIS, discussion will focus on the mass media’s role in manufacturing consent for the current war against terrorists, and the ideas, issues, and perspectives that may not be adequately discussed in standard news coverage. The event is free and open to the public.

            Panelists include Vibert White, associate professor of African American Studies at UIS and author of the new book Inside the Nation of Islam; Janet Novak, UIS assistant professor of Communication; Peg Knoepfle, member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Witness for Peace; Mary Dixon, from the American Civil Liberties Union; Mahnaz Ganji, a graduate student at UIS; and Neala Schleuning, regular contributor to Social Anarchism magazine and author of the books America, Song We Sang Without Knowing, To Have and To Hold: The Meaning of Ownership in the United States, and Idle Hands and Empty Hearts: Work and Freedom in the United States. Moderator will be Marc Sanson of the Springfield Independent Media Center.

The Independent Media Center is a worldwide grassroots organization committed to using media production and distribution as a tool for promoting social and economic justice. Their goal is to further the self-determination of people under-represented in media production and content, and to illuminate and analyze local and global issues that impact ecosystems, communities, individuals, and the future.  They seek to generate alternatives to what they believe are the biases inherent in the corporate media controlled by profit, and to identify and create positive models for a sustainable and equitable society.

For more information, contact Ron Sakolsky at 206-7887.