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Conference Panelist Alice A. Tait

Alice A. Tait is the mother of Joseph Conrad Smith, II, and the grandmother of Leiah, Joseph, III, Brigham, and Robert. She received her Ph.D. in Mass Communication Theory from Bowling Green University and is Professor of Journalism at Central Michigan University. Her research interests include the effects of mass media on society and individuals, specifically on African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, Asians, women, and people with disabilities.

She has published numerous articles on the Detroit television series Profiles in Black. In 2001 she co-edited with John T. Barber, The Information Society and the Black Community. Westport, CT: Praeger. She co-edited with Guy T. Meiss the following three volumes on ethnic media: (2004). Ethnic Media in America: Images, Audiences and Transforming Forces (Vol. 3). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt: (2005). Ethnic Media in America: Taking Control (Vol. 2). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt. (2006). Ethnic Media in America: Building a system of their own (Vol. 1). Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt.. Her work has also appeared in the Michigan Academician, Western Journal of Black Studies, News Computing Journal, Journal of Mediated Communication, Feedback, and the Handbook on Mass Media in the United States.