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Posted on: November 16, 2021

Public Library Science & Society Discussion: the U.S. Press and Politics

The Woodland Public Library invites you a Thursday evening discussion with UC Davis Professor Amber Boydstun titled “Challenges Facing the U.S. Press in Covering Politics.” This event is the latest installment in the Public Library’s Science and Society Discussion Series.

About the event:

Thursday’s discussion will focus on how the "rules of the game" have changed in America's media landscape as well as some of the key challenges facing journalists in providing quality coverage of U.S. politics.

  • Topic: Challenges Facing the U.S. Press in Covering Politics
  • Time: Thursday November 18, 2021 at 7:00 PM Pacific Time 
  • To attend: Email the library at to receive a zoom link

About Professor Boydstun:

Amber Boydstun is a Professor of Political Science and a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Davis. She uses lab experiments, large-scale media studies, and manual and computational text analysis to study how issues make the news, how issues are framed in the news, and how media attention and framing influences public opinion. She has authored two books and many journal articles, as well as articles for the popular press, such as The Washington Post and the Columbia Journalism Review. She is also a big fan of animals in general, and giraffes in particular. You can learn more at

About the Science and Society Discussion Series:

The Science and Society Discussion Series is a public forum hosted by the Woodland Public Library where the public and experts from different fields come together to discuss complex and controversial issues at the intersection of scientific knowledge and civic life that illustrate the challenges for public policymaking. 

Examples of complex topics include environmental disasters, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), climate change, the relationship between science and public policy, and how the public becomes informed about these issues.

The sessions provide opportunities for the public and those engaged in research and policymaking to share ideas and concerns. We hope that such public discussions become models of polite and meaningful engagement for participants with different points of view and that they will increase understanding of these issues and contribute to more informed development of future public policies.

All are welcome to attend and we encourage an open dialogue. For more information about the Science and Society Discussion Series, please email the library at

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