August 29, 2006

SIUC to host television, advertising expert

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A researcher from Australia specializing in the globalization of the advertising industry will kick off a series of lectures this semester sponsored by the Global Media Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

John Sinclair, of the University of Melbourne, will present a lecture and discussion titled "Globalization of the Advertising Industry" beginning at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, at the GMRC, 803 S. Oakland Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Sinclair is Australian Research Council Professional Fellow at the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne. His work includes investigating the corporate architecture of advertising and globalization of television in the Spanish-speaking world, including Spanish-language television in the United States. He also is interested in the liberalization of television in India, among many other global media topics. He is especially interested in developing regions.

Sinclair's books include "Latin American Television: A Global View." He worked as an editor on "Contemporary World Television" and held various visiting professor and scholar positions at leading universities throughout the United States and Europe. He also serves on the editorial and advisory boards of various international journals.

Established in 2004, the SIUC Global Media Research Center is part of the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts. Its mission includes assembling a core group of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students for researching global media issues, establishing national and international partnerships to promote research and playing host to visiting scholars and artists as it seeks to develop new courses addressing global media issues.

Enhancing and developing new and existing centers of research, scholarship and creative activity excellence, consistent with academic aspirations, is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.