High-Tech Talk: Tennessee Tech Presents Lecture Series Via Live Satellite Broadcast

Increasingly, new technology has been bringing the world to our doorstep. In one such instance, Tennessee Technological University students and others can attend a live lecture series presented by nationally recognized speakers by traveling only as far as the university library.

Tennessee Tech is one of some 60 universities around the nation -- and the only institution in Tennessee -- taking part in the lecture series sponsored by the National Collegiate Honors Council. On five Tuesday evenings beginning Sept. 24, satellite video teleconference technology will bring noted speakers right to the university's Media Center. Each speaker will address the theme "The Arts: Landscape of Our Time."

Among those speakers is John Frohnmayer, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. In that position, Frohnmayer served on the front lines during one of the nation's most hotly contested battles over censorship of government-sponsored art during the tenure of President Bush. Now a speaker and author, Frohnmayer addresses the topic "Patrons and Censorship in the Arts" on Nov. 19.

Other topics are "Landscapes and Outdoor Spaces," "The Portrait: Sculpture, Painting and Photography," "The Film as an Art Form" and "Folk Art as a Reflection of Society." Each lecture includes a primary speaker and a moderator, both with expertise in the field. Details on each speaker can be found on the World Wide Web at http://kelp.honors.indiana.edu/nchc/nchc.html#satellite.

All lectures are free and open to the public. They begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Media Center, located on the first floor of the University Library. After some of the lectures, a panel of speakers at Tennessee Tech will lead local viewers in a forum discussion of the topics presented. For a schedule of lecture dates and topics, call 372-3797.

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