Presidential Lecture Series event to feature presidency through newspaper

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Presidential Lecture Series event to feature presidency through newspaper

March 10, 2011

“The American Presidency as Seen through the Newspaper,” a program set by Northwestern Oklahoma State University-Masonic Institute for Citizenship Studies (MICS) and the Department of Social Sciences, will be held on Tuesday, March 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first floor of the J.W. Martin Library.

The event is free and open to the public.

The program is part of the MICS annual presidential lecture series and features an interesting, thought provoking analysis of the connection between journalism and the historical portrayal of the office of the president of the United States. The program hosts a panel of Institute scholars who interpret a series of original newspaper articles relevant to the presidency.

A few of the items to be displayed include a 1793 Philadelphia weekly; a large collection of the New York Times from the summer of 1882; and a significant assortment of newspapers from the 1910s to the present. Some newspaper topics include an address by George Washington; details related to the assassination of James Garfield; an obituary of Mary Lincoln; Chester A. Arthur’s handling of violence in the Old West; FDR and World War II; the assassination of John F. Kennedy; and the Watergate Scandal.

The lecture series is held each spring as part of the Institute’s mission to bring informative and educational programming to the citizens of Northwestern Oklahoma. A generous endowment provided by the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma established the Institute in March 2010.

For more information on this event, contact Dr. Aaron Mason, assistant professor of political science, at, or Dr. Eric Schmaltz, associate professor of history, at A message also can be left at the Northwestern-MICS office at (580) 327-8525.