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'24' producer to discuss impact of popular culture on public policy

Thursday, May 21, 2009, 8 p.m. Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

Howard Gordon, a Princeton alumnus who is an executive producer of the television series "24," will participate in a session titled "Content and Discontent: '24'" at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the Stewart Film Theater, 185 Nassau St.

He will discuss the impact of popular culture on public policy with Paul Muldoon, chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public.

Gordon earned an A.B. in English from Princeton in 1984 and wrote for "Spenser: For Hire" and "Beauty and the Beast" before joining "The X-Files" as a supervising producer. He initially went to work for "24" in 2001, temporarily left in 2004 for another Fox series and rejoined the show in 2006 as executive producer.

In March, network officials announced that "24" had become TV's first carbon-neutral series, fulfilling a goal that Gordon outlined two years ago. Using compact fluorescent lighting, biodiesel-fueled generators, renewable electricity sources, hybrid vehicles and digital scripts, the show cut more than 40 percent of its emissions during its seventh season. Producers bought carbon offsets to make up for the rest.

The May 21 event is part of the Lewis Center's Performance Central series, which includes high-profile lectures, readings and performances from a host of notable artists in the areas of theater, dance, music and the visual arts.

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