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The Peabody Awards will present its inaugural Peabody-Smithgall Lecture on the theme of “The Media and Public Life” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, in the University of Georgia Chapel. Author and journalism professor Michael Schudson will be the first speaker at what is scheduled to become an annual event.

His lecture will focus on the news media, but he will also comment on universities, think tanks, the research, information and investigation capabilities of government agencies, and the openness of legislatures themselves to public and media scrutiny. A primary concern will be the re-configuration of informational sources in public life over the past 30-40 years. His specific topic will be “Moderating the Conversation of Democracy.”

Should be worth a listen. (Thursday’s class will wrap up early enough to get over to the chapel.)

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