2008-2009 University Speakers Series announced

May 27 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - An author, a veteran broadcaster, a noted political expert and an Oscar historian will appear at Indiana State University as part of its University Speakers Series during the 2008-2009 academic year.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Author and professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 15, in Indiana State University’s Tilson Auditorium to kickoff the University Speakers Series. A book signing and reception in Heritage Lounge is planned immediately following her talk.

Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication. She also serves as the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

She is the author, co author or editor of 15 books including: “Presidents Creating the Presidency,” “Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment” and “unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation.”

During the 2004 general election, Jamieson regularly appeared on NOW with Bill Moyers and The Newshour and throughout the 2008 campaign is appearing regularly on Bill Moyers Journal.

Jamieson’s book, “unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation,” was ISU’s 2008 Summer Reading Program selection. Her visit is being sponsored by First Year Programs, OLLI at ISU and the University Speakers Series.

Bill Kurtis

Veteran broadcast journalist Bill Kurtis will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 in Tilson Auditorium. A book signing and reception in Heritage Lounge is planned immediately following his talk .

Kurtis has earned the respect of viewers, colleagues and competitors in television journalism for more than 30 years. Since 1992, Kurtis has been the anchor of A&E's highest rated weekly series, “American Justice.” He is also the executive producer of “Cold Case Files,” the original forensic series which began in 1998 as a sub-strand of the Emmy Award-winning “Investigative Reports” (of which Kurtis was the anchor and executive producer for more than a decade).

In the mid-1960s, Kurtis faced an important choice between two career paths-television or law. Television held the promise of the future and Kurtis headed directly for Chicago. By 1973, he had teamed up with Walter Jacobson at CBS affiliate WBBM-TV and during the next nine years, they made Chicago television history.

By 1982, CBS Network News beckoned, asking Kurtis to anchor the CBS Morning News from New York, where he also completed a series of hour-long documentaries for “CBS Reports.”

In 1985, he returned to Chicago with a new dream -- to expand the traditional long-form journalism reports into new areas. He founded Kurtis Productions in 1990 and joined A&E in 1991.

A native of Independence, Kan., Kurtis graduated from the University of Kansas with a journalism degree in 1962. In 1966, he received a law degree from Washburn University School of Law and passed the Kansas Bar that year.

In his home state, he is a rancher, radio station owner, art gallery owner, small businessman, supporter of small town America and an active conservationist. His 10,000-acre Red Buffalo Ranch is a working cattle ranch, raising and marketing organic grass-fed beef.

He serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Park Foundation, the Nature Conservancy and the Kansas State Historical Society, as well as numerous other private and civic institutions, with an emphasis on those involving natural history and the environment. In 2005 Bill founded the Tallgrass Beef Company devoted to grass-fed cattle ranching.

Kurtis is the author of several books, including “Bill Kurtis on Assignment,” “The Death Penalty on Trial: Crisis in American Justice” and “The Prairie Table Cookbook.”

Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin, senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 24 in Tilson Auditorium. A book signing and reception in Heritage Lounge is planned immediately following his talk .

Toobin is one of the country’s most esteemed experts on politics, media and the law. With unparalleled journalistic skill, he has provided analysis on some of the most provocative and important events of our time, including the O.J. Simpson trial, the Kenneth Starr investigation and impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and the disputed Florida recount of the 2000 presidential election.

His 2007 book “The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court,” delves into the historical, political and personal inner workings of the Supreme Court and its justices to reveal the inside story of one of America’s most mysterious and powerful institutions.

Toobin received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

After a six-year tenure at ABC News, where he covered the country’s highest-profile cases and received a 2000 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales custody saga, Toobin joined CNN as a legal analyst for the CNN News Group in 2002 where he now serves as senior analyst.

A staff writer for The New Yorker since 1993, he has written articles on such subjects as Former Attorney General John Ashcroft, the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and the trial of Timothy McVeigh.

Robert Osborne

This year’s Speakers Series will conclude at 7 p.m. March 4, 2009, in Tilson Auditorium with Robert Osborne. A reception in Heritage Lounge is planned immediately following his talk.

Osborne has been the primetime host and anchor of Turner Classic Movies television network since its on-air debut in April 1994. Since 1977, he also has been a writer for the daily show business trade publication “The Hollywood Reporter” and in 1983 began writing the paper's lead column "Rambling Reporter," which covers all aspects of the movie, television and Broadway worlds.

He is known as the official biographer of "Oscar" because of the series of books he's written on the subject of the motion picture industry's annual Academy Awards. The book, “75 Years of the Oscar” was written at the request of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. An update on his book, “80 Years of the Oscar” is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2008.

In 2005, Osborne received an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. In February 2006, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (located in front of the former Huntington Hartford Theatre, now the Ricardo Montalban) on Vine Street. Since 2006, he has been the official red carpet greeter for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' at the annual Academy Awards ceremony at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre.

Born in Colfax, Wash., Osborne graduated from the University of Washington's School of Journalism and eventually headed south to Hollywood where he was soon signed to a contract as an actor by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz at their Desilu Studios. It was Ball who encouraged him to seriously pursue writing and he considers that suggestion the best career advice he's ever been given. Ball remained a friend and mentor to him until her death in 1989.

All presentations are free and open to the public.


Contact: Linda Crossett, University Speaker Series, 812.237.8479
Mark Edwards, Marketing & Communications,812.237.8512

Media Contact and Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, 812.237.3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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