Moeller, author of "Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell
Disease, Famine, War and Death," was a featured speaker April
19 in Whitley Auditorium. The
presentation was part of the university's International Week, April
14-20. Moeller spoke about the ways in which American media coverage
of certain international issues influences our ability to understand
the world. She
drew the conclusions for her talk and her book after examining the
coverage of international crises by television, newspapers and news
magazines during the 1980s and 1990s.
Fatigue" is required reading in some School of Communications
classes. She is also the author of "Shooting
War: Photography and the American Experience of Combat." She
earned a Ph.D. in the history of American civilization and a master's
degree in history from Harvard and she earned a bachelor's degree
She is an assistant
professor in the college of journalism at the University of Maryland.
She previously taught at Brandeis University (where she was director
of the journalism program), Princeton University and Pacific Lutheran
University, and as a Fulbright professor in international relations
at universities in Islamabad, Pakistan and Bangkok, Thailand.
been a columnist, writer and photographer, working for or contributing
to numerous publications, including: the Atlanta Journal Constitution,
the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, Ms., the Philadelphia
Inquirer, the Seattle Times, the Washington Post and Washingtonian
magazine. She actively consults on new media.