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Martha Kumar, Kelly Gray to be featured on national network

A national public television network is set to air a lecture by Towson University Political Science Professor Martha Joynt Kumar.

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Martha Kumar

C-SPAN3’s American History TV (AHTV) will carry the lecture on presidents and their relationships with the press on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m. and again at midnight. The broadcast is part of the network’s “Lectures in History” series.

C-SPAN shot the lecture at Towson University in February. Besides the president/press relationship, it also discusses ways the White House press corps evolved, and how news coverage of the president and the office changed, between the mid-1800s and the 20th century.

Kumar is a sought-after expert on the president/press relationship, and the author of several books on the subject. Her most recent book, Managing the President’s Message: The White House Communication Operation, won a Richard E. Neustadt Award from the American Political Science Association.

Kelly Gray

Kelly Gray

She is also the director of the White House Transition Project, a nonpartisan effort to educate incoming presidential administrations about transitions from one president to the next, and how the White House works. Kumar worked on the transition operations for then-candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, as well as with President George W. Bush’s team.

C-SPAN3’s American History TV network is carried on Comcast channel 105 and Verizon FiOS channel 111. The lecture will also be available online in its entirety beginning¬†Monday, Aug. 18.

Kelly Gray, a professor in the Department of History, will also appear on C-SPAN3¬†this Saturday¬†at 2:05 p.m. The program is a roundtable for the session, “Drugs, Alcohol, and Gendered and Racial Experiences of Addiction,” at the conference of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.


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