PSU Hosts C-SPAN Digital Bus Sept. 14

September 13th, 2011 by Adam

What do you get when you combine a $1.2 million bus packing the latest communications technology with a political debate ? That would be C-SPAN’s Digital Bus, which is visiting the campus of Plymouth State University Wednesday, September 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m., as part of a nationwide tour during the build-up to the 2012 Presidential election. The bus, which will be parked adjacent to the Hartman Union Building, is a great learning tool that showcases the electoral process from a multimedia standpoint and emphasizes the importance of voting. C-SPAN also engages local authors and four Plymouth State faculty members will be interviewed about books they have written.

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.

In addition to the faculty author interviews, CSPAN will interview, via Skype, several PSU students about current events and the comments will be included in the network’s morning programming.

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. Visitors can also test their knowledge on a public affairs quizzes, share their opinion on the latest C-SPAN Poll, or record a perspective in the “Speaker’s Corner”.

In the “C-SPAN to Go” section of the Bus, you can download C-SPAN podcasts, our iPhone app, and access C-SPAN Radio. Three Mac laptops encourage you to connect with us online. Browse C-SPAN’s YouTube page, check the twitter feed for programming updates, and become our friend on Facebook.

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 is funded through the cable industry.

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