Eytan Gilboa,a renowned expert on international communication, public diplomacy and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, speaks on Western media coverage of the Middle East on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at noon in room 256 of the Communications & Journalism building. The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Gilboa is chair of the Israel Communication Association and professor of Political Science and Communication at Bar-Ilan University, where he founded the School of Communication and the Center for International Communication.

Gilboa uses framing theory to analyze and explain trends in Western media coverage of Israel and the Middle East. He will address media issues, such as scope, news value, the use of sources, censorship, biases, omissions and commentary.

He will also present evidence from several cases of warfare, civil wars, terrorism, revolutions and counter-revolutions, failed states and foreign interventions. The findings raise questions, both professional and ethical, about the media conduct and performance, as well as a few remedies for the coverage.

Gilboa has published several books and numerous articles and book chapters. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University and has been a visiting professor in leading universities, including Harvard, UCLA, USC, Georgetown, Tufts, and the University of Hamburg.

His speech is part of a cross disciplinary colloquium series on Islam and the Middle East, and the Arab Spring sponsored by the UNM Office of Student Affairs, Department of Communication &Journalism, National Security Studies Program and Religious Studies Programs.