Benoit to Present Thompson Lecture
Dr. William Benoit, University of Ohio, will present the Thompson Lecture on March 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm in Sandburg Theatre. The lecture, The Functional Theory of Political Campaign Discourse and the 2010 UK Prime Minister Debates, will focus on the recent first-ever debates for prime minister in the UK.
The Functional Theory of Political Campaign Discourse concerns the content of political campaign messages. This talk will explain the basic elements of this theory and discuss the results of research on political campaign messages. The theory is then applied to the first ever political campaign debates for Prime Minister in the UK. These debates are similar in several ways to American presidential debates, showing that campaign messages from different countries have commonalities.
A reception will follow in the Sandburg Lounge.