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April 13, 1999
Professor, Author, and Former FCC Chair Newton N. Minow to Speak on "Television, Children, and the First Amendment"
Princeton, N.J. -- Newton N. Minow, the Annenberg Professor of Communications, Law, and Policy at Northwestern University and a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will deliver the first Robert D. Stuart '37 Lecture on the Media in American Culture, titled "Television, Children, and The First Amendment: What Television is Doing to Children, and What We Can Do About It," on Monday, May 3, at 5 p.m. in Betts Auditorium in the School of Architecture on the Princeton campus.
Minow is also the director of Northwestern's Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies. A neutral center for the study and dissemination of communications policy issues, it brings together representatives of industry, government, and universities for debates, seminars, and research projects. Although its programs are generally based in Washington, some are held at various universities throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Minow is the author or co-author of many books, among them Abandoned in the Wasteland: Children, Television, and the First Amendment; Equal Time: The Private Broadcaster and the Public Interest; Presidential Television; and How Vast the Wasteland Now. His many awards and honors include the George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Award, the Ralph Lowell Public Broadcasting Award, and the Phi Beta Kappa Distinguished Service Award.
Minow was a partner in the law firm of Sidney & Austin for more than 25 years and is now counsel. He was the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission under President John F. Kennedy, and he has served as both the director (1973-1980) and chairman (1978-80) of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). He is also a former chairman of the RAND Corporation and was a member of the Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces, appointed by President George Bush in 1992. He is also a former member of the U.S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy.
His talk is being sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and the Humanities Council at Princeton University.