Faculty member to be on C-SPAN 2 program Oct. 23-25

A Shippensburg University political science department faculty member will be featured on C-SPAN 2’s Book TV this weekend reading from her new book.

Dr. Alison Dagnes, associate professor of political science, is author of Politics on Demand: The Effects of 24 Hour News on American Politics. Her book reading Sept. 23 at Barnes and Noble in Camp Hill was recorded by C-SPAN for its popular Book TV programming that highlights top non-fiction authors and books each weekend.


The approximately 41-minute program will be shown at 9:15 p.m. Oct. 23, 6:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. Oct. 24, and 4 a.m. Oct. 25.

Dagnes is in her eighth year at Shippensburg where she teaches courses on such topics as politics and the media, American political thought, political parties and elections, and the legislative process.

Her book examines the effects of the 24-hour news system and illustrates how politicians and others in politics use media to their own advantage. Dagnes notes in the book that the media must adapt to new technologies and financial imperatives. This adaptation, she said, has forced the media to become entertainment driven resulting in a subsequent impact on the political system.

The program is available for viewing by clicking here.

At 6 p.m. Oct. 28, Shippensburg University President Bill Ruud and his wife, Judy, will host Dagnes and 30 students in the Martin House for a discussion of her book. The gathering will include discussion of such questions as what the students think about media coverage, and what are their sources for news and information.