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Morley Safer to discuss impact of images, April 10

CBS News correspondent Morley Safer will deliver the third Goodman Lecture on Media and Global Affairs at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, in McCosh 50.

Safer will join George Goodman, chair of Adam Smith Global Television, and Princeton's Paul Starr, the Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs, to consider "The Impact of the Images" presented by the media. The event is sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies and Adam Smith Global Television.

Safer has been a correspondent with the CBS program "60 Minutes" for 36 years. He will present a screening of his controversial segment on the Dutch film "Submission" that aired on the March 13, 2005, episode of the program. Though the film "Submission" was less than 15 minutes long, it showed numerous striking images of Muslims and of the treatment of women. After "Submission" was broadcast on Dutch television, its director, Theo van Gogh, was assassinated on an Amsterdam street. The film's producer featured in Safer's segment, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is a Muslim woman who is currently a member of the Dutch parliament and has round-the-clock security because of her involvement with the film.

The speakers will also discuss a 1965 Safer broadcast from Vietnam that helped to change America's view of the war and had a powerful influence on war reporting. The event also will include comments on the recent turbulence caused by the depictions of the Prophet Muhammad in cartoons in a Danish magazine.

Safer has won 12 Emmys and the Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, among many other honors. Goodman is the former anchor and editor-in-chief of PBS's award-winning program, "Adam Smith's Money World," and the founder of Adam Smith Global Television. Starr is co-editor of The American Prospect and the author of "The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications," which won the 2005 Goldsmith Book Prize.

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