Press Release for Thursday, October 28, 2004

Speaker to Examine 'The Culture of Fear'

Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

JACKSONVILLE -- The author of the best-selling book The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things will speak at the University of North Florida on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Dr. Barry Glassner, a sociology professor at the University of Southern California and the Myron and Marian Casden Director of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, will speak on “The Culture of Fear” at the University Center on the UNF campus at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are not required, and the event is free and open to the public.

In The Culture of Fear, Glassner looks at how fear is used by the media, advocacy groups and others to manipulate the public. Glassner has written several books and is working on a new book about contemporary food beliefs. His articles and commentaries have been published in leading newspapers around the country, and he has appeared on numerous television talk shows.

Glassner is a former journalist and editor for ABC radio news. Prior to joining USC, he worked at Syracuse University and the University of Connecticut.

For a complete list of Distinguished Voices lectures at UNF that are free and open to the public, visit and click on the Distinguished Voices link.

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