Media Scholar To Talk ‘ESPN Culture’ In Pockrass Memorial Lecture

Travis Vogan, a leading media scholar and instructor at the University of Iowa, will give a free public lecture on ESPN Culture in Foster Auditorium on Monday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m., according to a release.

Vogan is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication as well as the Department of American Studies at the University of Iowa who focuses his research and teaching on the intersection of sports, media, and American culture. The lecture, titled “ESPN Culture,” is being jointly sponsored by the Penn State College of Communications and the University Libraries. The release included no detail of what exactly the lecture will entail, but the title alone promises some very interesting subject matter.

Vogan is the author of two books: Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films, Pro Football, and the Rise of Sports Media in America and ESPN: The Making of a Sports Media Empire, which hasn’t yet been published.. Vogan also holds a doctorate in Communication and Culture and has had his work published in multiple journals, including the International Journal of Sport Communication and Journal of Sport History, among others.

The lecture is the Spring 2015 installment of the Pockrass Memorial Lecture, a lecture held annually and named after the late Professor Robert M. Pockrass. Pockrass was a member of Penn State’s School of Journalism (now the College of Communications) faculty from 1948 to 1977, where he specialized in public opinion and popular culture, serving as the graduate officer and teaching radio news writing.

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