Roundtable “After Ghomeshi: Lessons in Media Uses and Abuses”

Posted on Apr 4, 2016

After Ghomeshi: Lessons in Media Uses and Abuses

A Media@McGill round-table discussion

Free and open to the public

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Leacock 232, McGill University

On March 24, 2016 former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi was acquitted of all charges in a highly mediatized sexual assault trial. Apart from its significant social and legal ramifications, the Ghomeshi “scandal,” as it has been qualified by various news outlets, involved complex media relations between all actors involved, and sometimes their audiences.

This Media@McGill round-table discussion is the first in a new series of events called Media@McGill on Top of the News. It offers an occasion to cast a critical gaze upon the numerous “media moments” surrounding the events leading up to and during the recent Ghomeshi trial.

McGill University professors join two Montreal journalists who covered different stories emerging from the sexual assault allegations and trial in French and English media. The panelists are: journalists Sue Montgomery (Montreal Gazette and co-initiator of #BeenRapedNeverReported) and Francine Pelletier (Le Devoir and co-founder of La Vie en Rose); Professor Carrie Rentschler, William Dawson Scholar of Feminist Media Studies; Professor Alanna Thain, Director of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (IGSF); and Professor Robert Leckey, William Dawson Scholar and Director, Paul-André Crépeau Centre for Private and Comparative Law. The round-table discussion will be moderated by Professor Jenny Burman, Chair of the Department of Art History and Communication Studies.

This event is free and open to the general public, and will be followed by a reception.

Media@McGill is a hub of research, scholarship and public outreach on issues and controversies in media, technology and culture, whose activities are supported by a generous gift from the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.


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