In memory of Professor Hanno Hardt

Hanno Hardt died last Tuesday after a short period of illness. Hanno was an outstanding international scholar in the field of critical communication studies; an inspiration for many students and colleagues for a very long time in America, Europe and Asia; and a great friend to many. He will be missed greatly.

Hanno Hardt was the John F. Murray Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa, where he taught for 33 years until his retirement in 2002. He continued his academic career at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, where he was professor on the Faculty of Social Sciences until his death yesterday.

His books include The American Journalism History Reader, edited with Bonnie Brennen (2010), Myths for the Masses: An Essay on Mass Communication (2004), Ferdinand Tönnies on Public Opinion with Slavko Splichal (2002), Critical Studies in Communication, Media, and Journalism (1998), Interactions (1998), Picturing the Past: Media, History, and Philosophy, edited with Bonnie Brennen (1999), and In the Company of Media: Cultural Constructions of Communication, 1920s-1930s (1999). Perhaps he is best-known for his Communication, history, and theory in America, Critical Communication Studies (1992, 2001).

Hanno's photographic work involves long-term projects in County Clare, Ireland, the eastern counties of Iowa, the former East Germany, and Slovenia. It ranges from street photography to documentations of community life, and landscapes. His photographs have been published in newspapers and magazines in the United States, Germany, and Slovenia. He has also exhibited his work in Iowa and in Slovenia.

Hanno is survived by his vife Vida and three daughters, Katreen, Nicole, and Nina.

On behalf of EURICOM, I offer my sincere condolences to Hanno's family.

Slavko Splichal