Lance Bennett to give Faculty Lecture Nov. 30

lance_bennettProfessor of Communication and Political Science Lance Bennett will give the 36th Annual Faculty Lecture, titled, “The Democratization of Truth: Communication and the Crisis of Contemporary Politics,” on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in Kane Hall 130 at 7 p.m.

The Annual Faculty Lecture was established in 1976 when members of the UW faculty began choosing one of their faculty peers who made a demonstrable impact on their profession to deliver the lecture. Professor Bennett joins a distinguished roster of Nobel laureates, historians, artists, scientists and authors who have participated in this series. The University Faculty Lecture Award Selection Committee is administered by the Office of the Provost. It is the highest honor the University of Washington faculty can bestow on one of their own.

Bennett, a professor at the UW since 1974, researches political conversations, particularly ways to make them happen more easily and how to probe more deeply. In Europe, he has been researching issue networks that engage citizens transnationally, looking into what will foster their growth.

His lecture will address how the rise of social and political networks cannot compensate for the failures of institutions; how social truths multiply as information gatekeeping moves away from institutions; and why the resulting conflicts become immune to fact, reason or government authority.

Bennett has published 11 books and more than 100 articles and essays on communication and democracy, citizenship and youth engagement, and how communication technologies can help people address pressing issues.

In 2000, he founded The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement, a creative space that is home to student-faculty collaborations at the University and around the world. In 2008, the UW recognized his work with the James D. Clowes Award for the Advancement of Learning communities.

He has received two career achievement awards from the American Political Science Association. The National Communication Association has recognized him with its Distinguished Scholar Award for lifetime achievement in the study of human communication. He holds an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, and in 2010, the Swedish Research Council awarded him the Olof Palme Visiting Chair at Stockholm University.

Join University faculty, staff, students, and friends for this free lecture, open to the public. A reception will follow in the Kane Hall Walker-Ames Room.

-By Kiera Warren