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October 03, 2007

Young Alum Happy Hour - Irish Pub, Philadelphia

Join other MIT Young Alums for another Happy Hour!
Clifford Choute '04 will host this Happy Hour at the Irish Pub in Philadelphia at 1123 Walnut (note that there are two Irish Pub locations on Walnut Street). For more information, you may contact him at choute@gmail.com or 617-312-3316.
We'll be having young alum (MIT10) happy hour events on the first Wednesday of each month for the rest of the year.

Date: Wednesday, October 3rd
Time: 6:30 to 8:30pm
Location: Irish Pub
               1123 Walnut Street
Phone: 215-925-3311
Irish Pub - Web site

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October 07, 2007

How the Media Frames Your View of the News...

The news media can significantly affect how we perceive world news by the words they use to frame or describe the information they present. In particular phrases that are continually used with the same topic over time set a tone and expectation that predispose people to accept a specific point of view.
We will join the local Stanford Alumni Club as we hear a panel discussion by distinguished media scholars and journalists (listed below) who will address the implications of framing choices for journalists and the public.
Media frames can be defined as organized narratives that point to some perspectives or conclusions as more reasonable, predictable or moral than others. Alternative frames that can clearly change lives include framing the war in Iraq as primarily as a "war on terror" versus quite differently, as a "civil war". Other media frames that can clearly affect everyone include viewing the immigration debate through very different “enforcement” or “opportunity to work” frames, versus viewing proposals for universal health care through “government control” or “basic human right to health care” frames.
Almost all media reporting contains “frames”. The framing perspective can add a subtle emphasis beyond traditional simple divisions of “objective” versus “biased” reporting. This panel will address questions about media frames, including:
1) How are media frames formed? What is the role of media owners, of journalists themselves, or of surrounding community norms and public opinion?
2) When a critical political or social issue is just emerging on the public agenda, how do journalists choose among “contesting” frames? What criteria do they use to emphasize some frames rather than others?
3) What difference does it make for the public whether or not journalists emphasize some frames rather than others? What are the consequences for public policy, political decision-making, and civic participation?
Date/Time: Sunday, October 7, 2007
     11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Ongoing Reception and Brunch in Upper Tarble (2nd Floor, Clothier Hall)
     1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Panel Session in Science Center, Room 101

Location: Swarthmore College, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081 (directions below)

     Brunch & Panel Discussion (Club member and guests) . . . $25/person
     Brunch & Panel Discussion (Non-Member) . . . $35/person
     Panel Discussion Only . . . $ 5 /person

Registration: On-line (by October 3), via: https://alum.mit.edu/smarTrans/user/Register.dyn?eventID=16362&groupID=158

For Questions: Lucie Wilkens, 610-444-3242
         e-mail: l.s.wilkens@alum.mit.edu

Directions: (See map at www.swarthmore.edu/visitordash/campus_map.pdf .)
Swarthmore College, 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia, is easily reached via the R3 SEPTA train (27), or by car via I-476, Exit 3 (Media-Swarthmore). After taking Exit 3 toward Swarthmore, drive 1/4 mile and turn right onto Rt 320 South. At the first light turn right to stay on Rt 320. At the next light turn right onto College Av. On College Av. take your first right onto Cedar Lane. At the next stop sign turn left onto Elm Av. Turn left onto Whittier Place, marked by stone pillars. Proceed to the end of Whittier Place and turn right into the Dupont parking lot (17), beside the Science Center (46). The Brunch/Reception is in Clothier Hall (9), 2nd Floor, a.k.a. Upper Tarble. The Panel Discussion is in Science Center, Room 101, the lecture hall on the east end of the large glass-enclosed study lounge.


Dr. John Pollock, BA Swarthmore ’64, PhD Stanford '74, professor of communication studies at The College of New Jersey [panel chair] and author of Tilted Mirrors: Media Alignment with Political and Social Change: A Community Structure Approach;

Dr. Joseph Cappella, professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, former president of the International Communication Association, and a former visiting professor at Stanford;

Dr. Theodore Glasser, director of Stanford's graduate program in journalism and former president of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication;

Victor Navasky, BA Swarthmore ’54, editor and publisher of The Nation, chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review and director of the George Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism at Columbia University; and

Trudy Rubin, former Stanford Hoover Fellow and editorial board member of and foreign affairs columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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October 24, 2007

Young Alum Happy Hour - Coyote Crossing

Join other MIT Young Alums for another Happy Hour -- at Coyote Crossing in Chonshocken.
For questions, please contact Gabriel Weinberg, e-mail: yegg@alum.mit.edu.
Date: WEDNESDAY, October 24th (note change)
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Location: Coyote Crossing
               800 Spring Mill Avenue
               Conshohocken, PA 19428-2314
Phone: 610-825-3000
Coyote Crossing - Web site      Directions

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October 27, 2007

WHYY Studio Tour

See the radio studios where Terry Gross records “Fresh Air;” go behind the scenes of the TV production studios and hear Bill Weber, CTO of WHYY, discuss the various technologies they use to create the programming that makes WHYY the station it is. Delaware Valley alums will join with the Princeton MIT Club for this special WHYY tour. Plus, WHYY CEO Bill Marazzo will address the group on the various things that they are doing to promote science and technology within the community and answer questions about the programming and future direction of WHYY.
The tour will begin at 2:00, and last for 90 minutes to two hours. After the tour we will have the option to gather with our friends from the Princeton Club at Jones Restaurant.
Adults and children are welcome. We will limit attendance to 60 people and break up into smaller groups for the tour.

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2007

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Location: WHYY Studio
         150 North 6th Street, Philadelphia 19106
         WHYY Web site     Directions    Map

Cost: $10 for Dues-paying Club members & their guests
        $20 for non-members

Optional Dining after tour:
         Jones Restaurant
         700 Chestnut St., Philadelphia 19106   Map

Register on line: by Tuesday Oct. 23; sooner to be guaranteed a place:

For Questions: Gerry Fitzgerald, 215-620-0813
         e-mail: lilgerry@alum.mit.edu

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