The Politics of Public Media:
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act

Thursday, October 26 - 7:00 pm - Wells Fargo Auditorium, Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center University of Nevada, Reno

Free admission and free parking

The 2017 Jim Joyce Symposium on Political Communication marks the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act, which was signed by President Lyndon Baines Johnson on November 7, 1967. The Act established the framework for U.S. public broadcasting, creating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and leading eventually to PBS and NPR. This is a particularly important moment to assess the impact of the act as public broadcasting faces both new political challenges and continued technological disruption. A distinguished panel that includes the chair of the CPB board of directors and leading media scholars will examine the past, present and future of public broadcasting.

Reynolds School Dean Al Stavitsky will moderate the event, which is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the event, at 8:30 pm.


· Lori Gilbert, chair of the CPB board of directors

· Robert K. Avery, professor emeritus of communication, University of Utah

· Donica Mensing, associate dean, Reynolds School

· Michael Huntsberger, associate professor of mass communication, Linfield College

The Jim Joyce Symposium on Political Communication engages national and regional issues at the nexus of politics and communication. It honors the memory of Jim Joyce, a Nevada alumnus who was a legendary political consultant and lobbyist in our state. Jim Joyce managed some 300 political campaigns and was instrumental in working for the development of Nevada’s system of higher education. He was noted for his remarkable ability to build consensus and for his integrity.

Co-sponsors of The Jim Joyce Symposium on Political Communication include KNPB Public Television and KUNR/Reno Public Radio.

Free parking for this event is available in the Whelan Parking Garage.

Mathewson IGT Knowlege Center