Seminars to examine missile crisis

Three installments can be seen on VIS throughout campus.

The role of the media during the Cuban missile crisis is under the microscope tonight in the first installment of the Museum of Television and Radio's 2002 Fall Satellite Seminar Series.

The seminar, "The Cuban Missile Crisis and Television," will be available through the campus Video Information System from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The VIS can be accessed from any classroom or conference room.

"It's a comparison of how things are covered now as to 40 years ago," said Tom Beatty, director of programming services for University Teleplex, provider of VIS.

The second installment of the video series, "After the Missile Crisis: 40 Years Covering Cuba," will be shown from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. This seminar will discuss media portrayal of relations between Cuba and the United States since 1963.

The third installment is planned for Nov. 18, yet the subject for the film is unknown at this time.

Each video seminar consists of a panel of media experts, historians, a former acting director of the United Nations Information Agency and other people who play or have played a pivotal role in the topic of the film.

The panelists are filmed live from the New York or Los Angeles Museums and the video is fed via satellite to colleges and universities across the nation, Beatty said.

Three to eight film broadcasts run every year.

Telecommunications instructor Suzanne Plesha last took advantage of the program about a year and a half ago.

"I pick and choose what I want because not everything (film topics) has to do with what I cover in class," Plesha said.

"It shows at a particular time so you can arrange to have students there for extra credit or during class."

The seminar series are also interactive. A toll free number is available for students and faculty to call in with questions during the broadcasts, said Beatty.

"It's like sitting down with a group of experts and getting feedback," said Plesha. "It's an ideal opportunity to teach and discuss issues in a different way."

The Museum of Television and Radio is a non-profit museum founded by William S. Paley. Its goal is to bring the members of today's media and those in the past to create a learning environment.


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