Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Powered by Research Commons at University Libraries. STEAM Salon is an informal series held in the STEM Library featuring faculty and student speakers in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics who engage and inspire our university community with their current research.

Through a content analysis of news articles on the #BlackLivesMatter movement in two news outlets, Slate and TheBlaze, the Department of Sociology's Simone Nicole Durham discusses the way that politically polarized news outlets draw on similar themes in coverage but deploy contrasting controlling images of activists and police officers in an effort to influence the racial formation of U.S. society.

Simone is a critical race scholar, focusing on identity, meaning making, and social movements. Her second year paper was an examination of racial projects taken on by polarized news media sources through coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Her dissertation project uses interviews to examine Black millennial perspectives on the #BlackLivesMatter movement. 

This project covers a variety of topics, including collective identity, participation, mental health effects, evaluations of present and future success, media influence, and how her respondents conceptualize BLM as a racial project. 

Simone Durham was born and raised in Sacramento, California, but has lived in Maryland since 2011. She obtained both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Arts degrees in Sociology from Morgan State University, a Historically Black University (HBCU) in Baltimore.