Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Dec. 16, 2008

Noted Producer, Commentator Callie Crossley to Present Lecture at Whitworth Jan. 7

Producer of award-winning civil rights documentary to discuss media's influence on 2008 presidential election

Callie Crossley, a television and radio commentator who helped produce the critically acclaimed documentary series Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, will present a lecture, "For Better AND Worse: The Shotgun Marriage of New and Old Media and Its Impact on Election '08," Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth University. Admission is free. For more information, please call (509) 777-4263.

Crossley frequently appears as a media commentator on National Public Radio, CNN and C-SPAN, and she participates weekly on WGBH-TV's Beat the Press, a media criticism program that analyzes local and national media coverage. She also has produced award-winning health and medical stories for 20/20, on ABC.

Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, which first aired on PBS in 1985 and now is used by libraries and schools for educational purposes, traces the history of the modern civil rights movement in the U.S. The documentary received an Oscar nomination and won several film and journalism awards, including an Emmy and the Gold Baton of the DuPont-Columbia Award.

Crossley, who is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, will visit Whitworth as part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to university campuses across the U.S. In addition to her lecture, Crossley will speak to several classes on campus and will meet with a group of students before they depart on Whitworth's three-week Prejudice Across America Study Program. 

“It’s a unique opportunity to have a person of Callie Crossley’s stature on our campus,” says Scott McQuilkin, athletics director, professor of kinesiology & athletics, and Speakers & Artists series coordinator at Whitworth.  "Our desire is to present a broad range of voices, perspectives and ideas that enrich the intellectual and spiritual life of our campus and the larger Spokane community, and Crossley has much to offer toward that end."

Crossley also works as program manager for the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, and she does consulting work with journalists and documentary filmmakers and leads media coaching workshops through her company, CrossChannels. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College and holds an honorary doctor of arts degree from Pine Manor College, in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. 

Contacts:

Julie Shanholtzer, Speakers and Artists Series and psychology department program assistant, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4263 or jshanholtzer@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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