BU professor explains the allure of celebrity Congressional testimony

For Immediate Release

Date:  April 1, 2005

BLOOMSBURG—What do Michael J. Fox, Alanis Morissette, Ron Howard, Richard Gere and Julia Roberts have in common? All have testified before a Congressional committee.

The Political Science Student Association of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will sponsor a research presentation by Harry C. “Neil” Strine IV, assistant professor of political science, Monday, April 4, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Andruss Library, Schweiker Room.

In his presentation, “Stars on Capitol Hill: Explaining Celebrity Appearances in Congressional Committee Hearings,” Strine will discuss the reasons celebrities testify before Congress, the effects of their testimony and the rhetorical strategies used by celebrities in their opening statements. Light refreshments will be provided.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.