They will participate in a series of forums and addresses on media and policy in the digital age as part of the Engaging Democracy series sponsored by the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies. The Benton Foundation is one of the leading public policy think tanks on telecommunications and new technologies.
Tuesday, January 25
2:35-5:15 pm, Park Auditorium
Public forum: "Too Big, Too Little: Media and Policy"
Charles Benton, chair, Benton Foundation
Jim Kohlenberger, Benton Fellow and domestic policy adviser, Clinton Administration
Barbara Morgenstern, television/radio
Gwen Seaquist, legal studies/business
Simon Tarr, cinema and photography
Wenmouth Williams, television/radio
7:00 pm, Klingenstein Lounge
"Where's the Public? Communications in the Digital Age"
Major Address by Charles Benton
Free and open to the public
A special one-credit mini course is being offered in conjunction with Charles Benton's visit entitled "The Future of Telecommunications Policy: Media Ownership and Diversity," taught by Wenmouth Williams, television/radio.
Charles Benton is chair of Public Media, Inc. and chair of the Benton Foundation, a national leader in democratic media policy research and advocacy. He has also served as chairman of the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science for President Carter and was a member of the Presidential Commission on the Public Interest Obligation of Digital Television Broadcasters in the Clinton administration. In 2004, he and his wife Marjorie received the Distinguished Grantmaker of the Year award from the Council on Foundations.
Jim Kohlenberger is a technology and telecommunications policy consultant. He has advised the president, U.S. senators, governors, CEOs, Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, nonprofits, and associations, providing them with key insight on technology and telecommunications-related issues. He spent eight years in the White House as senior domestic policy adviser to Vice President Gore and technology adviser to both the vice president and president. While in the White House, he helped formulate U.S. policy on technology, telecommunications, and the Internet. Specifically, he worked to pass the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and helped to spearhead administration efforts to bridge the digital divide. He also engaged the nation's leading Internet companies, teachers, labor unions, and others in a national campaign to bridge the digital divide and connect every classroom and library to the Internet.
Benton and Kohlenberger's campus visit is sponsored by the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies, culture and communication, legal studies, and the Roy H. Park School of Communications.
Contributed by Patricia R. Zimmermann