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School of Journalism & Mass Communication Presents

Racial Panics in the Press before the Civil War

3/7/17, 5:30 PM

About this event

Racist thought has a long, sad history in America, beginning well before the nation's founding. Fear underlies much of this, especially white fear of black violence. Recently, Dylann Roof, the murderer of nine black parishioners, defended his horrific actions, saying, “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country....” Such tragic ideas have deep roots.

In his talk "Racial Panics in the Press before the Civil War," Brian Gabrial, author of The Press and Slavery in America: The Melancholy Effect of Popular Excitement, digs at those roots to reveal media complicity in entrenching American racism.

A discussion will follow moderated by School of Journalism & Mass Communication assistant professor Sid Bedingfield.

The event is free and open to the public. To help us plan, registration is requested.


Brian Gabrial is an Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Before joining the Concordia faculty in 2004, he was a major-market television newscast and field producer for the ABC and NBC affiliates in Minneapolis-St.Paul. Before moving to the Twin Cities in 1992, he worked as a producer (and briefly a reporter) for the ABC affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska where he also edited and wrote for a small, monthly newspaper The American Citizen Press. He holds a B.A. in English Literature from Creighton University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota.
Event Location
  • Murphy Hall room 130
  • 206 Church Street SE
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA