Lecture Programs

Bronstein Lecture in Ethics and Public Relations

Alumnus Ben Bronstein (’61 Journ), a longtime supporter of the University, endowed this lecture series in order to support special events in the College of Communications. Learn More

Previous Lectures

November 18, 2015

“Fair Play in Sports News”

A panel discussion and question-and-answer session focusing on the cultural shift in sports ethics and how communications professionals (sports communicators and journalists) should respond. The event, the Ben Bronstein Lecture in Ethics and Public Relations, is free and open to the public. Featured guests are Lester Munson, senior writer and legal analyst for ESPN and an adjunct instructor at Northwestern University, and alumna Jennifer Ridgley  ('03 Ad/PR), senior director of communications for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

October 21, 2014

‘Friending’ Your State Legislator: The Promise and Pitfalls of Social Media in State Government

Panel Discussion

To Tweet or not to Tweet. That is the question for some Pennsylvania legislators who want to stay in touch with their constituencies. But when does promoting governance edge into promoting re-election? How do state legislators and their pubic relations staff members use the tools of social media in both an effective and ethical way? What are the rules of the road? The Pennsylvania legislature is currently asking this question and developing ethics guidelines for the next generation of political communication in the state. Taking the lead is Erik Arneson, communications and policy director for State Sen. Dominic Pileggi, and watching closely is Brittany Foster, a political communications expert with Triad Strategies in Harrisburg. They will provide an update and discuss the issues.

October 14, 2013

“Obamacare & The Media”

Phil Galewitz

A free public lecture and question-and-answer session with Phil Galewitz of Kaiser Health Network.

February 25, 2013

“Integrity in Times of Crisis”

Panel Discussion

A free public panel discussion with public relations experts who deal with crisis and news-making situations every day. Panelists are: James E. Lukaszewski, president of The Lukaszewski Group, a Division of Risdall Public Relations, a well-respected firm with abundant experience in crisis communications; Genaro Armas, who has covered breaking and ongoing national news stories for The Associated Press; and Steve Manuel, a senior lecturer in the Department of Public Relations at Penn State who previously served as a public affairs officer for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as a Marine Corps spokesman.