August 17th, 2006 by Adam

Contact: Betsy Cheney (603) 535-2643

2006 Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State presents
The Role of the Media in a Democracy by Calvin F. Exoo

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Calvin F. Exoo speaking on “The Role of Media in a Democracy” Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. The free program will be held at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Dr. Exoo is associate professor of government at St. Lawrence University, Canton, N.Y. A specialist in the politics of the mass media, he is the author of Democracy Upside Down: Public Opinion and Cultural Hegemony in the United States, and The Politics of the Mass Media. His numerous articles and commentaries on the politics of the media have appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Times of London, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Polity, New Political Science and The Journal of Politics. His current book project is entitled, Media 9/11: How the Press Led Us into War, and Why.
Dr. Exoo recently spent a sabbatical year in Ireland, examining the impact of American media on European culture.
“A people who mean to be their own Governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives,” wrote James Madison. Exoo says, “We’ll ask how our mass media have armed the people with information as they deliberate over the most important issue of our time: post 9/11 questions of war and peace.” The thesis of his talk is that at this crucial moment in American history, the media has failed in its capacity as watchdog of the people. He says, “What’s more, this failure is not an aberration, but an especially vivid illustration of the chronic failure of contemporary media in performing their democratic function. Why has the press failed us when we most needed it, and what can be done about this situation?”
The theme for the 2006-2007 Sidore Lecture Series is “The Challenges of Democracy.” Other series lecturers this semester will be Chelli Pingree, October 24, speaking on “Campaign Finance Reform” and Chuck Collins, November 15, speaking on “Economic Inequality as a Threat to Democracy.”
All Sidore events begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public at the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center on Main Street in Plymouth. Advance reservations are recommended and may be made by calling
(603) 535-ARTS. Each talk is followed by a reception with refreshments. For lecture series information, call (603) 535-2638.
The Saul O Sidore Lecture series was established at Plymouth State in1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the University each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. Series information can be found online at
[ED. NOTE: the omission of the period after the middle initial in the Sidore name is not an error. PSU adheres to the wishes of the family in presenting the name in this format.]

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