Lecture to examine activist social media

Megan Osterbur

A visiting scholar will present a talk Thursday about “The Role of the Internet and Social Media in Linking Transnational LGBT Activists.”

Dr. Megan Osterbur, assistant professor at New England College, will speak at 11 a.m. Oct. 11 in the Mukaiyama University Room of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Osterbur will explore how LGBTQ organizations “talk” to each other using social media, which organizations link to which on their official websites, and how the community mobilizes across borders.

Osterbur earned her doctorate in political science at the University of New Orleans. Her research focuses on LGBTQ social movements, political networks and transnational advocacy. Current projects include the development of hate-crimes legislation as it relates to the LGBTQ community.

A brief reception will follow.

Osterbur's talk is part of events planned next week for Pitt-Bradford Global Week.

Sponsors for the talk are the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Division of Management and Education, Office of Study Abroad and International Services, International Affairs, History and Political Science, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Programs, International Relations/Model United Nations Club and Pride Alliance.