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Calvin F. Exoo

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Calvin Frederick Exoo (born September 13, 1951), better known as Calvin F. Exoo or Fred Exoo, is a social commentator, author, professor and chair of government at St. Lawrence University. Growing up in Wisconsin, Exoo relocated to Canton, St. Lawrence County, New York in the early 1970s and had served as a professor at the liberal arts university there since. Exoo is a specialist on cultural hegemony and mass media, he has authored three works on the topic: Democracy Upside Down: Public Opinion and Cultural Hegemony in the United States (1987), The Politics of the Mass Media (1994) and The Pen and the Sword: Press, War, and Terror in the 21st Century (2009). He has featured as a writer for publications such as Salon.com, Daily Kos, HuffPo and Truthout.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Exoo was born in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to a family of Dutch Calvinist descent, which had moved to the United States from Almelo, the Netherlands in the 19th century. His father was Rev. Henry Exoo (March 17, 1911—May 10, 1981), pastor of the Sheboygan Christian Reform Church and presenter of the Old Time Religion radio show.[1][2][3] His mother was Bessie M Jellema (July 29, 1920—January 13, 2010) from Grand Rapids, Michigan.[4][5] Exoo's siblings include Alan, Henry, Gay (later Bouwmeester), Patti (later Swets-Frizzell) and Margaret (later Dokter), several of whom maintain roots to the Grand Rapids area.[4] He earned his PhD in political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.[6]

Professorship and writing[edit]

Exoo became a professor at St. Lawrence University in 1978. He has subsequently become a specialist on cultural hegemony and mass media, he has authored three works on the topic: Democracy Upside Down: Public Opinion and Cultural Hegemony in the United States (1987), The Politics of the Mass Media (1994) and The Pen and the Sword: Press, War, and Terror in the 21st Century (2009).[7][8] Exoo has become a social commentator in the media on these topics and his article have featured in publications such as Polity, New Political Science, The Journal of Ethnic Studies, The New York Times, The Times, The Baltimore Evening Sun and the Los Angeles Times.[9] Exoo has featured as a regular online media writer for Salon.com, Daily Kos, HuffPo and Truthout.[10][6][11][12] In addition to this, he has featured on television shows such as The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur. Exoo has strongly criticised the President of the United States, Donald Trump, for his attacks on the media.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Exoo married Diane Jeane Meyer (July 11, 1951—March 20, 2020)[14][15] originally from Oak Park, Illinois, a longtime Attorney for the Children who also worked at St. Lawrence University.[16] The couple owned several rental real estate properties on State Street in Canton. They had four children; Christian Michael Exoo (born September 19, 1981), Joshua Joel Exoo, Kathryn Ann Exoo (later Schreyer) and Sarah Rose Exoo (later Nordgren). His sons have both followed in his path with roles at St. Lawrence University, Joshua as a lecturer,[17][18] Christian as a library building advisor.[19] The latter has also gained renown for his work using open-source intelligence at Salon.com, AlterNet, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, Truthout and Social Movement Technologies Foundation and prominent on social media as "AntiFash Gordon".[20][21]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Democracy Upside Down: Public Opinion and Cultural Hegemony in the United States (1987)
  • The Politics of the Mass Media (1994)
  • The Pen and the Sword: Press, War, and Terror in the 21st Century (2009)

See also[edit]

  • List of St. Lawrence University people

References[edit]

  1. "Rev. Henry Exoo - Retires From First Christian Reformed Church Ministry". Sheboygan Press. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  2. "Henry Exoo (1911-1982) Heritage Hall, Hekman Library". Calvin College. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  3. "Rev. Henry Exoo". Find a Grave. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Bessie Exoo". LifeStoryNet. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  5. "Bessie M Jellema Exoo". Find a Grave. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Calvin F. Exoo". Truthout. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  7. "Prof's Book Critiques Media's War Reporting". Newswise. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  8. "Calvin F. Exoo". SAGE Publications. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  9. "Fred Exoo". St. Lawrence University. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  10. "Calvin F. Exoo". Salon.com. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  11. "Calvin F. Exoo". Daily Kos. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  12. "Calvin F. Exoo". Huff Po. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  13. "Trump's attacks on the press violate nation's founding principles". The Philadelphia Enquirer. Retrieved on 20 March 2020.
  14. "Diane J. Exoo (Meyer) Obituary". Donaldson Funeral Home. Retrieved on 20 September 2020.
  15. "North Country activists gather to condemn violence, white supremacy". North Country Public Radio. Retrieved on 20 September 2020.
  16. "Diane Exoo". St. Lawrence University. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  17. "Josh Exoo; Life with dreads". Her Campus. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  18. "Josh Exoo". St. Lawrence University. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  19. "Christian Exoo". St. Lawrence University. Retrieved on 20 March 2018.
  20. "Antifa doxer 'AntiFash Gordon' slapped with federal lawsuit for getting New York Daily News employee fired". RT. Retrieved on 20 September 2020.
  21. "Staff". Social Movement Technologies. Retrieved on 20 September 2020.

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