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KNOXVILLE — How video games affect children and teens is the topic of the keynote address at the 26th annual University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information Symposium.

Dr. Bradley Greenberg, University Distinguished Professor of Communications at Michigan State University, will give a talk on “From Pac-Man to Grand Theft Auto: What’s With Video Games?” at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at the University Center Crest Room.

The address is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Admission to attend the noon lunch before the talk is $12. For reservations, contact Diana King at (865) 974-6651. Deadline for reservations is Jan. 30.

Remaining symposium sessions will be held from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at UT’s Black Cultural Center and are free and open to the public.

Greenberg is author of more than 200 published articles and book chapters. His most recent book is “The Alphabet Soup of the New Television Ratings.”

His current research work also includes how parents deal with new and traditional media used by children, TV portrayals of body images and racial minorities, and public use of media in response to terrorism.

The research symposium showcases research findings of faculty members and graduate students from UT, Boston University, East Tennessee State University, Marquette University, Louisiana State University and University of Kentucky.