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The Museum of Television & Radio Presents C-SPAN: Adventures in Democracy, A Four-Part Seminar Series

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

New YorkNY and Los AngelesCA—Beginning this fall and running through next year, The Museum of Television & Radio will present C-SPAN: Adventures in Democracy, a four-part seminar series celebrating and analyzing the impact of C-SPAN's twenty-five years on television. The seminar series begins at the New York Museum on October 7, 2004, with Book TV: Promoting Citizens' Literacy featuring panelists Todd Gitlin, Joni Evans, Peggy Noonan, and Sam Tanenhaus, among others. Additional seminars include C-SPAN and Congressional Hearings and C-SPAN and the Judiciary, which will both be presented in New York, and C-SPAN as a Model for the Future, which will be presented in Los Angeles.  

Funding for C-SPAN: Adventures in Democracy was generously provided by The Rosalind P. Walter Foundation


·Book TV: Promoting Citizens' Literacy

New York Museum

Thursday, October 7, 2004

6:00 to 7:30 p.m. 


Connie Doebele (Executive Producer for Book Programming, C-SPAN)

Joni Evans (Executive Vice President, William Morris Agency, Inc.)

Todd Gitlin (Author)

Mitchell Kaplan (President, American Booksellers Association)

Peggy Noonan (Author)

Sam Tanenhaus (Editor, New York Times Book Review)

Moderator: Neal Gabler (Author) 

Through Book TV-airing every weekend, all weekend, on C-SPAN 2-the network has significantly fueled the literacy movement in this country, creating a greater interest in books on history, politics, and public affairs. This seminar will examine Book TV's impact on the democratic process—how by creating a national forum for dialogue about books on these subjects, it has helped to develop an informed, engaged citizenry.   

·University Satellite Seminar

C-SPAN and Congressional Hearings

New York Museum

Monday, November 8, 2004

6:30 to 8:00 p.m. 


Senator William W. Bradley (Managing Director of Allen & Company LLC)

Al Felzenberg (Deputy for Communications, 9-11 Commission)

Reuven Frank (Former President, NBC News, 1968-73)

John Fund (Member, Wall Street Journal Editorial Board)

Peter Hart (CEO, Peter Hart Research)

Moderator: Albert Eisele (Editor, The Hill

Over the years, momentous televised congressional hearings, such as the Army-McCarthy hearings or those regarding Vietnam, have become part of our collective consciousness. But televising such events was an all-too-rare occurrence. 

C-SPAN opened the dialogue between the public and Congress by televising congressional hearings live. What happens at a day's hearings instantly becomes part of the national discourse, shaping the next day's proceedings, and the recorded C-SPAN telecasts serve as an easily accessible historical record of testimony, raising the bar on witness accountability. Panelists will examine C-SPAN's influence on congressional hearings and the nation's political consciousness.  

·C-SPAN as a Model for the Future

Spring 2005

Presented in Los Angeles 

The seminar will explore the use of the C-SPAN model at the state and local levels as has been utilized in California and other states, as well as examine the influence and potential of the C-SPAN model for democracies and political systems worldwide.   

·C-SPAN and the Judiciary

Spring 2005

Presented in New York 

It is clear that C-SPAN's commitment to televise the legislative process has revolutionized the relationship between the public and its representatives in Washington. The next logical step is gavel-to-gavel coverage of the judiciary proceedings, including the circuit courts and perhaps eventually the Supreme Court. The level of access that C-SPAN provides could transform the judiciary process as we know it.   

University Satellite Seminar Program

Sent via satellite to universities and colleges across the country, these seminars include a live question-and-answer session between panelists and the off-site audience. The series is offered free of charge to universities. 

Seminar Tickets

Tickets for the C-SPAN: Adventures in Democracy seminars are available in the Museum lobby during regular hours or by calling (310) 786-1091 in Los Angeles and (212) 621-6600 in New York. Tickets are $15.00 for general public; $12.00 for Members; and $7.00 for senior citizens and students with valid ID. 

The Museum of Television & Radio, with locations in New York and Los Angeles, was founded by William S. Paley to collect and preserve television and radio programs and advertisements and to make them available to the public. Since opening in 1976, the Museum has organized exhibitions, screening and listening series, seminars, and education classes to showcase its preeminent collection of over 100,000 television and radio programs and advertisements. Programs in the Museum's collection are selected for their artistic, cultural, and historic significance.

The Museum of Television & Radio in New York, located at 25 West 52 Street in Manhattan, is open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 6:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays. The Museum of Television & Radio in California, located at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, is open Wednesdays through Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m. Both Museums are closed on New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Suggested contribution: Members free; $10.00 for adults; $8.00 for senior citizens and students; and $5.00 for children under fourteen. Admission is free in Los Angeles. The public areas in both Museums are accessible to wheelchairs, and assisted listening devices are available. Programs are subject to change. You may call the Museum in New York at (212) 621-6800 or in Los Angeles at (310) 786-1000. Visit the Museum's website at