The media, America, and Islam topic of WSU common reading lecture Feb. 28

PULLMAN, Wash.— The role of the media in shaping America’s relationship with Islam will be discussed by communication professor, Lawrence Pintak at a Washington State University Common Reading Program lecture on Tues., Feb. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203.  The event is free and open to the public.

The recent U.S. presidential election and the rise of ISIS have put Islam in headlines frequently over the past two years, said Pintak.  The lecture will also cover the way in which global politics and policy are shaping the relationship for the future.

The founding dean of the Murrow College of Communication, Pintak brings to the topic more than 30 years of global journalism experience, particularly in the Muslim world. He is the author of several books on Islam and the Middle East, including a primer on Islam for journalists, and serves as a consultant to the U.S. State Department.

The Common Reading Program began in Pullman in 2007 to help students, their teachers, and the community better engage in academically centered critical thinking, communication, research, and learning around a body of shared information presented in a single, specially selected book. This year’s book, I Am Malala, addresses the program’s 2015-2017 theme of “social justice and leadership.”

For more information about the Common Reading and upcoming events visit


Karen Weathermon, Common Reading Program co-director, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-5488,

Emma Epperly, Communications and Marketing Assistant, WSU Undergraduate Education, 509-335-9458,