C-SPAN Digital Bus Visits Plymouth State

September 14th, 2011 by Adam

C-SPAN’s Digital Bus visited the campus of Plymouth State University Wednesday, September 14 as part of a nationwide tour during the build-up to the 2012 Presidential election. The bus, visited by dozens of students, staff and faculty,is a great learning tool showcasing the electoral process from a multimedia standpoint and emphasizes the importance of voting. 11 PSU students were chosen to be interviewed, live via Skype, during C-SPAN’s Washington Journal morning program. The students queried Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry (R) on topics like bio-mass fuel, education funding, cyber terrorism and governmental control of the internet. If you click on the link, the first PSU question to Rep. Terry comes at the 6:55 mark.

PSU students in front of CSPAN bus

11 PSU students were chosen to ask questions of Nebraska Congressman Lee Terry on live C-SPAN programming Sept. 14 as part of the C-SPAN Digital bus visit to campus. In photo, back row, left to right, Morgan Riley, Nicole Petrin, Chelsea Duval, Lexi Casale, Alissa Raboin, Tristan Nelson, Jenn Streeter, Heather Sands and Sam Wisel. Front row l-r, Dana Holland, Meo Ramberg Pihl

Six of the eleven students were able to ask their question before the Congressman had to leave prematurely for a previously unscheduled committee meeting. Other PSU questions come at 12:40, 16:36, 21:35, 24:49, and 28:10 of the program. C-SPAN also interviewed four Plymouth State faculty members about books they have written. They included:

Dr. Thaddeus Guldbrandsen is the founding director of the Center for Rural Partnerships and a member of the faculty of Social Science and Environmental Science & Policy at Plymouth State University. He is co-author of, Local Democracy Under Siege: Activism, Public Interests, and Private Politics (NYU Press 2007), winner of the 2008 prize for the Critical Study of North America. He has also written several other articles and book chapters on topics related to globalization, local democracy, regionalism, sustainable development, and social inequality.

Dr. David Starbuck is an Associate Professor of Anthropology/Sociology and a research anthropologist with an interest in archeology. He has more than 30 years of college and university teaching experience. Starbuck has written 14 books and approximately 90 articles and book chapters based on his varied research interests. His most recent publication is The Archaeology of Forts and Battlefields (University Press of Florida 2011). He is currently directing excavations at Fort William Henry in Lake George, NY, the setting for the great novel, The Last of the Mohicans.

Dr. Eun-Ho-Yeo, assistant professor of communication studies, Communication and Media Studies, just released Media, Health Risk, and Public Perception: Agenda Setting in West Nile Virus Outbreak. By analyzing media’s depictions of the West Nile Virus issue, and by comparing word association patterns in the media with those in people’s perceptions, the author provides an insight into the relationship between media and our perception concerning health risk issues.

Dr. Katherine Donahue, Professor of Anthropology, is author of Slave of Allah: Zacarias Moussaoui vs. The USA (London: Pluto Press, 2007) about the case of Zacarias Moussaoui, a citizen of France who was accused of being the “20th hijacker” in the events of September 11, 2001. Donahue has done field work in France near one of Moussaoui’s childhood homes and she attended his 2006 trial in Alexandria, VA. She received the PSU Distinguished Teaching Award and is the author of many articles and book chapters on the topics of the heroes of 9/11, religion, the environment, and medical anthropology.

The Campaign 2012 bus is designed to provide an interactive, self-guided multimedia experience demonstrating C-SPAN’s offerings and their unique campaign coverage. The bus features four Touchsmart computer kiosks to access C-SPAN’s resources, which include a video library, C-SPAN Classroom, Book TV, and many websites.

The C-SPAN Digital Bus launched last year and is on the road 11 months out of the year. The attraction draws between 100,000 to 150,000 visitors a year; it also visited Concord and Nashua on it’s swing through the first-in-the-nation primary state. It is funded through the cable industry.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu