Caitlin Cieslik-Miskimen ’07, MA’14, doctoral candidate, UW–Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication
About the talk
Wisconsin and UW–Madison have long stood at the center of journalistic innovation. Part of the state’s success in training the nation’s reporters, editors, and broadcasters comes from the influence of Willard Grosvenor Bleyer, who established the first journalism course on the UW campus in 1906. Cieslik-Miskimen’s talk will discuss Bleyer’s legacy in Wisconsin and beyond — and not just in terms of his influence on journalism education. Bleyer believed that newspapers were key to educating the general public on advances of the day, and as part of his work for the university, he launched several communications initiatives designed to promote the research conducted on campus. Through his Press Bulletin, he introduced the general public to discoveries and progress being made at the UW, both in the lab and classroom, and worked to turn the university into a nationally recognized leader in science and innovation.
About the speaker
Cieslik-Miskimen is a UW doctoral student specializing in media history. Her dissertation examines the historic role that print culture played in shaping community identity in the early 20th century, and her research interests include topics related to mass culture, sports communications, education, and memory. Previously, she worked as an account manager for a public-relations agency specializing in energy technology, and she also has experience as a multimedia sports reporter. Cieslik-Miskimen teaches upper-level media-theory and journalism-history classes, and she has earned several honors for her commitment to undergraduate education.