Thursday, January 29, 2009

Before Blagojevich There Was Nixon

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 1/29/2009 No comments
Last evening I attended an event at Queens University titled "How Does the Media Influence Public Perception?" The event was part of the Get to Know the Shows series the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center's Education Institute puts on, and this one pertained to the Frost/Nixon show coming to the Belk Theater February 10-15. The panel, which included Rod Garvin, Charlotte community director at GenerationEngage; Dr. Bill Thompson, history professor of Watergate Research at Queens University; Dr. Leanne Pupcheck, professor of communications at Queens; and NBC News journalist Chris Clackum, led an engaging and informative discussion on the effects of David Frost's groundbreaking televised interview with President Richard Nixon.

Watergate was an interesting time in our country's history and it has heavily influenced how we view our government leaders and our expectations of media today. And with the advent of the Internet and 24-hour cable news shows, those elements continue to evolve. After attending this event, I now want to see both the Frost/Nixon movie and stage play.

You can catch a second installment of the event this evening, 6:30-8, at Stage Door Theater (130 N. Tryon St.). The scheduled panelists are Brian Blakely, anchor at Fox Charlotte; Rick Thames, executive editor at The Charlotte Observer; Molly Grantham, anchor at WBTV; and Beatrice Thompson, V101.9 news and public affairs director. The event is free and open to the public.


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