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Author of new President Obama book to speak April 13

Book takes closer look at president's public image


Mark P. Orbe, author of "Communication Realities in a 'Post-Racial' Society" will speak at Ohio University at 1 p.m. Friday, April 13, in the Scripps Hall Anderson Auditorium, room 111.

Orbe's book focuses on what the U.S. public really thinks about Barak Obama. It goes beyond general public polls about Obama and instead draws from the voices of everyday Americans. It includes comments from volunteer firefighters in southern Ohio, African-American men in Oakland, Calif., religious communities in Alabama and many more groups who are rarely given a voice.

It is the first book on this topic based on comments from multiple perspectives, allowing a deeper understanding of the issues at hand.

Orbe, a two-time Ohio University alumnus, is a professor of communication and diversity in the School of Communication at Western Michigan University and secretary-general for the World Communication Association. He earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Ohio University.

He is a past co-editor of The Journal of Intergroup Relations and The International and Intercultural Communication Annual. He also is the owner of the consulting company Dumela Communications and is the author of nine books and more than 100 scholarly articles.

The talk is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs and the School of Communication Studies. It is free and open to the public.