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Wednesday Lunch Hour: Causewave's Shaping Our Stories Project

Attitudes towards race are formed on the basis of direct (personal interactions) and indirect (word of mouth and media-communicated) experiences. A community as segregated as Rochester provides a structural barrier to these direct experiences, and increases the importance and potential impact of media (indirect) experiences related to race. The argument can be made that here, media representations are even more important than they might otherwise be in shaping how we see our community and those who share it with us. In late 2015, Causewave Community Partners decided to attempt to make a unique contribution to the issue of racial equity in our community. Owing to our experience and connections in the media community, and the well-documented impact of media representations on the racial perceptions of white and non-white groups, we decided to study the perceptions of representations of race in local news media. Shaping Our Stories is the result of nearly three years of planning and analysis.

Presented by Todd Butler, President and CEO, Causewave; Kaitlyn Richardson, Warner Ph.D. student in Educational Policy and Race and Media Volunteer Data Coder; and Kara Finnigan, Professor of Educational Leadership at the Warner School of Education and Race and Media Project Steering Committee member.

A light lunch will be served. Food will be available at 11:45 am. The program will begin promptly at noon.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 12:00pm to 12:50pm

Raymond F. LeChase Hall, Genrich-Rusling Room 215
500 Wilson Blvd, Rochester, NY 14627

Event Type

Lectures and Talks


Faculty, Students, Staff




Warner School of Education
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