The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s PR War in the U.S.

October 10, 2015

Sut Jhally

Saturday, OCTOBER 10, 4:00PM–6:00PM, ROOM 7000, SFU HARBOUR CENTRE

Co-sponsored by SFU's School of Communication, School for International Studies, and the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

While recent polls have shown global public opinion turning sharply against Israeli policy, public support for Israel in the U.S. has held firm, Sut Jhally’s talk "The Occupation of the American Mind” looks at the information wars Israel and its supporters have been waging in the U.S. for decades. From PR offensives designed to manage perceptions of the occupation in the 1980s, to government-run social media campaigns today, this multi-media lecture provides an analysis of Israel’s ongoing efforts to win the hearts and minds of the American people.

Speaker

Sut Jhally, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts, is the founder and executive director of the Media Education Foundation, an internationally renowned producer of innovative educational video materials. He has also written widely in the areas of media studies, cultural studies and the political economy of communication. He is the author of 6 books, the most recent of which is The Spectacle of Accumulation: Essays in Media, Culture and Politics. Professor Jhally is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate in 2015 from Simon Fraser University.