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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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