MSU author spotlights underrepresented groups in public relations, discusses solutions as part of fall Faculty Book Talk series

Contact: Sarah Nicholas

Portrait of Melody Fisher
Melody Fisher (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State faculty members continue tackling tough issues in this semester’s MSU Faculty Book Talk series hosted by the College of Arts and Sciences––this month highlighting Melody Fisher, an associate professor in the Department of Communication.

Free to all, Fisher’s talk is Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library’s John Grisham Room and will include a discussion of “The Untold Power: Underrepresented Groups in Public Relations,” published by Business Expert Press in 2022. 

“The MSU Faculty Book Talk series hopes to highlight and celebrate academic books and the MSU faculty who write them,” said Eric Vivier, MSU associate professor of English and director of the MSU Faculty Book Talk series.

“Scholarly monographs remain the gold standard of research for many disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences. They represent years of careful thinking, planning and writing; their publication can refresh scholarly conversations and alter intellectual paradigms in ways that journal articles cannot. We need academic books, and we need to support those who write them,” said Vivier, also a faculty fellow with MSU’s Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College.

Additional talks to follow this semester include a Nov. 17 talk by Gary Ervin, a Department of Biological Sciences professor who will discuss his book “The Biology of Aquatic and Wetland Plants” (CRC Press, 2023).

Earlier this semester, the college hosted Peter DeGabriele, an associate professor of English who presented selections from his 2023 University of Virginia Press publication “Drone Enlightenment: The Colonial Roots of Remote Warfare.”

MSU’s College of Arts and Sciences includes more than 5,000 students, 300 full-time faculty members, nine doctoral programs and 25 academic majors offered in 14 departments. Complete details about the College of Arts and Sciences can be found at

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