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Heather LaMarre to discuss role of social media in reshaping politics and global geopolitics at U of M ‘Headliners’ event

Who: Heather LaMarre, associate professor and social media expert, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
What: “Headliners” monthly forum
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5
Where: Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Ave., St. Paul

Contacts: Rachel Wright, College of Continuing Education,, (612) 624-7770
Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

March 19, 2012

Alongside the boom in popularity of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter has come a change in the face of reporting. Social media have given the average citizen a new voice, and politicians and government officials are taking notice.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5, University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication associate professor and social media expert Heather LaMarre will discuss how this “new public square” is impacting global geopolitics and the American presidential campaign.

LaMarre answers the question: How do social media affect the relationship between the public, the policy makers, and the media? And what effect will social media have on civic discourse and public engagement in the election season and beyond? A moderated Q&A will follow.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling (612) 624-4000 or on the Headliners website at An audio recording of LaMarre’s presentation will be available on the Headliners website after the event.

This event is the last of the U of M College of Continuing Education (CCE)-sponsored 2011-12 “Headliners” series. The series offers a monthly chance to meet with U of M and community experts as they share firsthand knowledge of the day’s most intriguing stories – the medical breakthroughs, culture clashes, social trends and foreign affairs – that are making headlines. Media sponsorship for Headliners is provided by MinnPost and Minnesota Public Radio.

Mark your calendar: “Headliners” will return next fall. In the meantime, check out CCE’s new discussion series, "MinnPost Asks Presented by LearningLife," which begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, with a discussion of "The Marriage Amendment: The Meaning Behind the Messages." More information is available at

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