Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

July 1, 2011


Resident writes about the media and activism

Resident Sarah Sobieraj, who moved to town in August 2010, had her first book published last week, "Soundbitten: The Perils of Media-Centered Political Activism."

She teaches about mass media at Tufts University.

Columbia University professor Todd Gitlin, author of "The Whole World is Watching: Mass Media in the Making and Unmaking of the Left," is quoted as saying, "'Soundbitten' is an astute, engagingly written study of the dynamics and costs of media obsession by activist groups. Sarah Sobieraj busts the cliché©s of both movement organizations and sociologists with aplomb."

Board director for Harvard Club

Diane Huster is the newest board director elected to the Harvard Club of Andover.

Huster received a graduate certificate in management from Radcliffe Seminars (1994) and graduated from Boston University.

She currently serves on the boards of Family Service Inc. of Lawrence, the Andover Sisters Town Association, and the North Andover Historical Society. She served as chairwoman of the North Andover School Committee as Chairman for five terms and spearheaded campaigns to build four new schools on the North Andover School Building Committee. She also served on the Legislative committee of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, as Secretary of the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, and as president of the League of Women Voters of Andover/North Andover.