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KNOXVILLE — Dr. Lawrence W. Lichty, a radio/television/film professor at Northwestern University who served as historical consultant for the movie “Good Night, and Good Luck,” will be keynote speaker at the luncheon during the College of Communication and Information’s 28th Annual Research Symposium on Friday, Feb. 3.

Dr. Lawrence W. Lichty

The symposium, to be held in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center, will feature presentations of original research by faculty members and graduate and doctoral students. Activities begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. with an awards presentation. Lunch is from 12:45-2:15 p.m.

The theme of the symposium, “Moving Toward the Future: Convergence of Communication and Information,” will serve as the basis of Lichty’s keynote address.

A winner of numerous awards, Lichty’s scholarly career in radio, film and television spans several decades and includes a massive volume of research that focuses on media coverage of war. This research led to his role as a consultant for Walter Cronkite’s series, the “Vietnam War with Walter Cronkite,” and later, to Lichty’s consultant role for “Good Night, and Good Luck.” The 2005 movie portrays broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow’s effort to bring down Sen. Joseph McCarthy for fear mongering over Communism during the early 1950s.

In addition, Lichty served as director of audience research and evaluation for National Public Radio, where he played a role in the development of “Morning Edition,” the award-winning newsmagazine that features in-depth reporting on the day’s news.

Reservations are required to attend any portion of the symposium. There is no charge for attending the research presentations; costs for attending the luncheon are $15 for faculty and the general public and $8 for students. To reserve a seat, contact Diana King by Monday, Jan. 23, at (865) 974-6651 or diking@utk.edu


Amy Blakely, Media Relations, (865) 974-5034, amy.blakely@tennessee.edu

April Moore, College of Communication and Information, (865) 974-0463, amoore9@utk.edu