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    Making “Meaning”: Pre-Columbian Archaeology, Art History, and the Legacy of Terence Grieder
    (University of Houston Libraries, 2022-03-01) Farmer, James; Koontz, Rex; Tate, Carolyn E.; Morales, Jr., Reinaldo; Shafer, Harry J.; Huntington, Yumi Park; Oakland, Amy; Miller, Virginia E.
    This book examines the scholarly work of Terence Grieder, an early pre-Columbian art historian of wide-ranging interests and often provocative stances. Through a series of topical essays focused a variety of Pre-Columbian art historical topics, former students, professional colleagues, and other intellectual descendants discuss his major ideas through examples drawn from their own work. The work of those he mentored and interacted with is, in the end, the most important testament to his continuing influence in the field.
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    Who Set the Narrative? Assessing the Influence of Chinese Media in News Coverage of COVID-19 in 30 African Countries
    (2021) Madrid-Morales, Dani
    The size of China’s State-owned media’s operations in Africa has grown significantly since the early 2000s. Previous research on the impact of increased Sino-African mediated engagements has been inconclusive. Some researchers hold that public opinion towards China in African nations has been improving because of the increased media presence. Others argue that the impact is rather limited, particularly when it comes to affecting how African media cover China-related stories. This paper seeks to contribute to this debate by exploring the extent to which news media in 30 African countries relied on Chinese news sources to cover China and the COVID-19 outbreak during the first half of 2020. By computationally analyzing a corpus of 500,000 news stories, I show that, compared to other major global players (e.g. Reuters, AFP), content distributed by Chinese media (e.g. Xinhua, China Daily, People’s Daily) is much less likely to be used by African news organizations, both in English and French speaking countries. The analysis also reveals a gap in the prevailing themes in Chinese and African media’s coverage of the pandemic. The implications of these findings for the sub-field of Sino-African media relations, and the study of global news flows is discussed.