Source Newsroom: University of Illinois at Chicago
Newswise — As politicians and delegates gather for the Republican National Convention being held this week in Tampa, Fla., experts from the University of Illinois at Chicago are available to address various convention-related topics.
On Message: "Jack" A. Jones, UIC assistant professor of communication and an expert on persuasive messaging, can discuss the challenges that political convention speakers and their speechwriters face to deliver winning presentations.
Politics of Immigration: Maria de los Angeles Torres, UIC professor and director of Latin American and Latino studies, can discuss Latino voters, how President Obama presents his administration's record on immigration, how Mitt Romney handles the Tea Party's position on increased enforcement, and Sen. Marco Rubio's role at the Republican convention.
Social Media and Politics: Social networks like Twitter appear poised for a greater role during the upcoming conventions. Zizi Papacharissi, UIC professor and head of communication, can comment on the use of social and traditional media in campaigns, efforts to engage voters, and democracy in the digital age.
UIC ranks among the nation's leading research universities and is Chicago's largest university with 27,500 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state's major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners in hundreds of programs to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world.