In Lectures

Each fall semester, the School of Communications presents the Raymond E. and Ida Lee Beckham Lecture in Communication series.

There is no charge or registration required for admission. All lectures in the series, will be held in the HBLL auditorium at 11 a.m. and are open to the public.

The series includes three lectures that explore the interactions between media and society, including media culture, political economy, media effects and the use of new media. Lecturers are selected from BYU faculty who submit their proposals to the School of Communications.


[divider style=”style1″ width=”full” align=”center”] [one_third]Photo of Ryan Elder[/one_third][two_third_last]Ryan Elder, assistant professor of marketing, researches how sensory experiences affect consumer perceptions and behaviors, as well as how visual cues affect persuasion. His lecture, “Creating Viral Content: The Science Behind Social Sharing,” will be held Sept. 24, 2015.[/two_third_last][divider style=”style1″ width=”full” align=”center”] [one_third]Photo of Jeff Hardy[/one_third][two_third_last]Jeffrey Hardy, assistant professor of history, specializes in the Soviet penal system. His lecture, “Transforming the Soviet Soul: Labor, Science, and Religion in Gulag Newspapers,” will be held Oct. 1.[/two_third_last] [divider style=”style1″ width=”full” align=”center”] [one_third]Photo of Kristen Matthews[/one_third][two_third_last]Kristin Matthews is an associate professor of English and Director of the American Studies Program at BYU. Her research focuses on twentieth-century literature and culture with an emphasis on the Cold War. Her lecture, “New Media for an Old Message: Print Culture, Democracy, and New Left Politics in 1960’s America,” will be held Oct. 29.[/two_third_last][divider style=”style1″ width=”full” align=”center”]

The annual series began in 1995 by Ray Beckham in honor of his late wife Ida Beckham. Ray Beckham is a major contributor to the School of Communications and is a driving force behind the BYU Evening school program, the BYU Travel Studies program and Aspen Grove. Beckham also and founded the New York Internship program for Communications majors.


Dates: September 24, October 1 & 29, 2015
Times: 11:00 a.m.
Location: HBLL auditorium
Admission: Free, no registration required

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