LACIS Lunchtime Lecture: “The media, health/risk communication, and politics in Puerto Rico”

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206 Ingraham Hall
@ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dr. Federico Subervi Vélez

Presented by LACIS Honorary Fellow, Dr. Federico Subervi Velez

About the presentation: The presentation will offer a synopsis of Subervi-Vélez’s research and publications as Honorary Associate/Fellow of the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program, UW-Madison. He will start by summarizing his book on the media in Puerto Rico in times of crises and in colonial settings and then discuss selected findings of his recent research on health/risk communication related to Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Ian in Florida. He will close with highlights of the forthcoming anthology on political communication in Puerto Rico.

About the presenter: Long after graduating from UW, Federico Subervi-Vélez PhD’84, originally from Puerto Rico, has continued numerous research, publishing, teaching, mentoring and community service endeavors. He has held academic posts at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, and Kent State University, and was Visiting Leverhulme Professor at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

Subervi-Vélez has also been a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil and Chile, and visiting professor or lecturer at universities in various countries including Puerto Rico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Spain and Russia. He is the editor and co-author of three books, numerous journal articles, book chapters and reports, and currently serves as Co-editor in Chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of Communication, Race and Ethnicity. As Honorary Associate/Fellow of the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program UW-Madison, he has continued conducting research, publishing, and engaged in community service. His most recent research was a study of risk/health communication in Puerto Rico and Florida, project administered by the Natural Hazards Center with funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From his home in Austin, TX, he is editing his next book, the first anthology on political communication in Puerto Rico and is also working with the organization Boricua Media to provide news and information options for the Puerto Rican population in Florida. Based on his lifelong work on diversity research and teaching, in 2012 the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication honored him with the Lionel L. Barrow, Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education. In 2017, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists also recognized his teaching, research and community service by inducting him into the organization’s Hall of Fame.