Communication Research Center (CRC)

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the Missouri School of Journalism, Dr. Esther Thorson, joins the Dr. Melvin L. Defleur Distinguished Lecture Series with a talk on her Mutualist Theory of processing PSAs and problematic commercials.

Lecture Series

Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture Series Podcasts

The College of Communication annually invites two distinguished scholars from outside to share their outstanding scholarship, expertise, and experience with the BU community. In recognition of the pioneering and inspirational contributions of Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur to the field of mass communication research and his service as a venerable and inexhaustible member of COM’s Communication Research Center (CRC), the faculty members of the CRC have named this series in his honor.



Dr. Ronald Rice (Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication in the Department of Communication, Department Chair, and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center, at University of California, Santa Barbara) presents how the concept and research surrounding the “digital divide” are broadening as new forms of digital equality are identified both in the U.S. and abroad.


Dr. Diana C. Mutz delivered the third Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture entitled, “In Your Face Politics: Television and the Intensification of Political Emotions.” Dr. Mutz draws on a series of experimental and survey studies to illuminate the consequences of incivility and the unique visual perspective of televised politics. Dr. Mutz’s findings have implications for understanding the strong emotions tied to contemporary politics.


Dr. Maxwell McCombs (Professor and Jesse H. Jones Chair in Communications at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin) presented a research talk, “Do the Media Tell Us What to Think About? The Psychology of Agenda Setting,” as part of the Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture Series.


Dr. James E. Grunig, Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, has devoted his career to developing the strategic management paradigm of public relations. Watch “From Symbolism to Strategy: A Personal Intellectual History of Public Relations Theory.”

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Communication Research Colloquium Series Podcasts

The Communication Research Colloquium Series at Boston University was established in October 2009. This series consists of monthly research presentations that highlight current and original research of faculty in the College of Communication. This forum provides an intellectual exchange of ideas and perspectives, features scholarship in several methodological traditions, and fosters discussions among faculty and students about a variety of research topics in the field of communication.


Matthew Nisbet, “Visions of a Sustainable Future: Journalists as Public Intellectuals in the Climate Change Debate”

Thursday, March 28, 2013

2-21-13 Trust Presentation

Rhonda Trust, “The Dual Role of Breasts in the Media: A Health Communication Perspective”

Thursday, February 21, 2013

11-8-12 Loman Presentation

Michael Loman, “Sesame Street: Revolution in Educational Television”

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Carter 3-8-12

T. Barton Carter, “Who is Safe in this Harbor? Rethinking Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act”

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wu 2-14-12

Denis Wu, “Journalism + Public relations = News media of Taiwan”

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wright 12-6-11

Don Wright, “A longitudinal analysis of the increased use of social and emerging media in public relations practice”

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

McKeen 11-10-11

Bill McKeen, “Serendipity: Finding what you didn’t know you were looking for”

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gui 4-28-11

Marco Gui, “Attracted but unsatisfied: The effects of arousing content on television consumption choices”

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Signorielli with Images 3-28-11

Nancy Signorielli, “50 years of women on TV”

Monday, March 28, 2011

Downes 2-17-11

Ed Downes, “Congressional press secretary: The story of Capitol Hill’s image makers”

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Elasmar 12-07-10

Michael Elasmar, “Looking inside their heads: Visualizing the thought process of media consumers”

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Oppliger 11-18-10

Patrice Oppliger, “Standups, sitcoms and Sarah Silvermans: The Evolution of Women in Comedy”

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Scheufele 10-21-10

Dietram Scheufele, “From stem cells to nanotechnology: The science of communicating controversial science”

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Jaramillo 9-30-10

Deborah Jaramillo, “’Dead Mexican!’ The traumatized suburbanite and the violent narcotraficante in Breaking Bad and Weeds”

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Michael Dahlstrom, “Diversity of television exposure and its association with the cultivation of concern for environmental risks”

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Oliver 4-08-10

Mary Beth Oliver, “Media appreciation as a response to moral beauty”

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Shin 3-18-10

Yong Jun Shin, “Communication ecology and urban politics”

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Leandros 1-21-10

Nikos Leandros, “Media concentration: A European perspective”

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Deborah Jaramillo, “Ugly war, pretty package”

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Andrew Hayes and Teresa Myers, “Testing the ‘proximate casualties’ hypothesis”

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Donsbach 11-12-09

Wolfgang Donsbach, “The public image of journalists”

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tsay 10-15-09

Mina Tsay, “Getting to the heart of media enjoyment”

Monday, October 26, 2009