News Release

Dalton Professor Barton to Deliver “Awesome Last Lecture”

October 11, 2012

Chris Barton
Dr. Kris Barton will present Dalton State’s first “Last Lecture” Tuesday evening. The free program will be at 7:30 pm in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.

Dr. Kris Barton, Associate Professor of Communication at Dalton State College will deliver an “awesome last lecture” when the College kicks off its Last Lecture Series Tuesday evening, October 16.

The public is invited to attend the free program which begins at 7:30 in the Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.

The Last Lecture Series gives professors the opportunity to present a sort of “ultimate message” as if they were addressing students and the public for the last time. Professors are chosen based on their classroom lecture style and ability to stimulate, inspire, and provoke thought and discussion.

“I’m going to talk about how the mass media are corrupting our culture and why we love them anyway,” said Dr. Barton. “This lecture is for anyone who loves movies, television, music, or books. Come and find out how each has affected your life.”

Among the topics that will be covered will be the impact of “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” “Braveheart,” and “30 Rock” on individuals and society in general.

“If you think you’ve ever actually learned something from watching TV or movies, this lecture will show you how the mass media have been lying to you your whole life,” he said.

“I have taken two Mass Media classes with Dr. Barton, both of them being two of my favorite classes,” said student Hilary Hicks who also serves on the Fine Arts and Lecture Series Committee. “When Dr. Barton speaks on the subject of reality television, his passion and knowledge of the subject shines through. After taking his classes and hearing him speak, I can definitely say I am a much more educated viewer of television now.”

Dr. Barton joined the faculty of Dalton State in 2007. He teaches Fundamentals of Speech, Introduction to Mass Media, and Mass Media and Society in lower and upper level classes.

“He is an excellent teacher and scholar,” said Dr. Mary Nielsen, Dean of Dalton State’s School of Liberal Arts. “In the short time that he has been with Dalton State, Dr. Barton has delivered more than nine papers at state, regional, and national conferences; published numerous articles on mass media and popular culture; and published a monograph on the effects of exposure to competition-based reality programming as well as a trivia book on Firefly and Serenity.”

He earned his doctor of philosophy degree in Mass Communication from Florida State University where he also received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees.

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