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Linguistics expert offers strategies for public, private communication

Monday, March 14, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—The use of manipulative language and how it promotes division will be the focus of a lecture by a linguistics scholar March 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

Kathryn Ruud has studied propagandistic language used by Nazis before and during World War II and communists in post-war East Germany. In a lecture titled "Protecting Our Democracy: Understanding American Political Talk in the Age of Infotainment," she argues that similar tactics used across the political spectrum are now undermining political discussion in the U.S. Ruud will also introduce practical strategies for public and private communication to counter destructive political talk.

The lecture is sponsored by the Hood College Office of the Dean of the Chapel, the career center and office of service learning, the departments of political science and communication arts; and Women in Black Frederick.

For more information, contact Rev. Beth O’Malley, dean of the chapel, at (301) 696-3436 or by e-mail at