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AJHA Speakers Bureau

Roster of available speakers and areas of expertise

Noah Arceneaux, San Diego State University. Address: 6160 Capri Drive, San Diego, CA 92120. E-mail: noah.arceneaux@sdsu.edu. Phone: (706) 224-0922. Available to speak on: Early radio (pre-1930) and telegraph history.

Maurine Beasley, University of Maryland. Available to speak on "Eleanor Roosevelt and the Uses of Media," and "Washington Women Journalists." CONTACT: College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-7111; email: mbeasley@jmail.umd.edu; phone:  (301) 405-2413.

Fred Blevens, Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus, 3000 N.E. 151st Street, AC2 312C, North Miami, Florida 33181. E-mail: fblevens@gmail.com. 305-919-4430.

Dave Bulla, Iowa State University. Available to speak on Civil War journalism, the First Amendment, and the nineteenth-century press. CONTACT: Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication; email: dbulla@iastate.edu; phone: (515) 294-0658.

Brian Carroll, Berry College. Available to speak on the black press, on the integration of professional baseball, the Negro leagues, and communication technology. CONTACT: Berry College Department of Communication; bc@berry.edu; 706-368-6944.

Lucy Shelton Caswell, Ohio State University. Available to speak on the history of newspaper cartoons. Lecture titles include “The Role of Editorial Cartoons in a Democracy,” “Cartooning War,” and “See You in the Funny Papers: American Life as Reflected in the Comic Strip.” CONTACT: The Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library, 27 West 17th Avenue Mall, Columbus OH 43210-1393; caswell.2@osu.edu; 614-292-0538.

Mike Conway, Indiana University School of Journalism.  Available to speak on radio and television news history. Talks include "The Birth of Television News in the United States," "Confronting the Visual Medium: Edward R. Murrow's Hesitant Transition to Television," and "The Power of the Written Word: Print Journalists' attacks on radio and television news in the 20th Century." CONTACT: IU School of Journalism, Ernie Pyle Hall, Rm 110, Bloomington, IN 47405-7108, mtconway@indiana.edu; 812-856-1371

John M. Coward, University of Tulsa. Address: Faculty of Communication, 800 Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK. 74104. E-mail: john.coward@utulsa.edu. Phone: (918) 631-2542. Available to speak on: Native Americans and the media (19th and 20th centuries)

Patrick Cox, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Address: Sid Richardson Hall, 1 University Station, D1100, Austin, TX 78712. E-mail: pcox@austin.utexas.edu. Phone: (512) 217-2279 (cell). Available to speak on: U.S. 20th century political, media and public history.

Dale L. Cressman, Brigham Young University. Available to speak on the history and development of network television news, the history of Times Square, and newspaper signage. Lecture titles include: "Television News Pioneer Elmer W. Lower," "Building ABC News," "From Park Row to Times Square," and "News in Lights: Newspaper signage." CONTACT: Department of Communication, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602-2501, cressman@byu.edu, 801-422-1686.

Doug Cumming, Washington & Lee University. Address: Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, Reid Hall, Lexington, VA 24450. E-mail: cummingd@wlu.edu. Phone: (540) 458-8208. Available to speak on: history of the southern press, the press and civil rights, literary journalism.

Chris Daly, Boston University. Available to talk on the recurring crisis in the business model for the news media, and on the non-profit newspaper PM. Talks include “Secrets in wartime: The Pentagon Papers Case" and "The Era of Two Walters: Winchell and Lippmann." CONTACT: Journalism Department, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215, cdaly@bu.edu, 617-353-4295.

David Davies, University of Southern Mississippi. Address: 118 College Drive, #5162, Hattiesburg, MS 39406. E-mail: dave.davies@usm.edu. Phone: (601) 266-4533. Available to speak on: the press and civil rights, newspaper industry since 1945.

Wally Eberhard, University of Georgia (retired). Address: 180 Orchard Creek Drive, Athens, GA 30606. E-mail: wbe1955@aol.com. Phone: (706) 543-5363. Available to speak on: media and war, newspapers (19th century and the Civil War).

Brenda Edgerton-Webster, Xavier University of Louisiana, Address: Department of Communications/Mass Communication, 1 Drexel Drive/Box 93, New Orleans, LA 70128. E-mail: bedgerto@xula.edu. Phone: (504) 520-5748. Available to speak on: women and African Americans in journalism history, civil rights movement and women’s journalism history, media coverage of women and lynching.

Aimee Edmondson, Ohio University. Address: 204 Scripps Hall, Athens, OH 45701. E-mail: edmonso@ohio.edu. Phone: (901) 299-4219. Available to speak on: libel law during the civil rights movement.

Kitty Endres, University of Akron. Address: 691 River Bend Boulevard, Kent, OH 44240. E-mail: endres@uakron.edu Phone: (330) 972-6846. Available to speak on: magazines, muckraking, progressive era, women.

John P. Ferré, University of Louisville. Available to speak on the history of media and religion and the history of media ethics. CONTACT: Department of Communication, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292-2001, ferre@louisville.edu, 502-852-6976.

Dolores Flamiano, James Madison University. Address: MSC 2104, Harrisonburg, VA 22807. E-mail: flamiadx@jmu.edu. Phone: (540) 568-3034. Available to speak on: photojournalism, social reform photography, Life magazine, women’s history.

Barbara Friedman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Address: School Journalism and Mass Communication, CB 3365, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. E-mail: bfriedman@unc.edu. Phone: (919) 843-2099. Available to speak on: gender and mass communication history, World War II, newspapers and magazines.

Ray Gamache, The College of St. Scholastica. Address: 120 Kenwood Avenue, Duluth, MN 55804. E-mail: rgamache@css.edu. Phone: (218) 733-2298. Available to speak on: sports journalism history, journalism education.

Karla Gower, University of Alabama. Address: Box 87072, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. E-mail: gower@apr.ua.edu. Phone: (205) 348-0132 Available to speak on: public relations history.

Roy Harris, journalism-history author and freelance journalist, formerly a reporter and editor for The Wall Street Journal and The Economist Group. Available to speak on the history of the Pulitzer Prize, the history of public service reporting, Watergate, and the Pentagon Papers. CONTACT: 111 Martins Lane, Hingham, MA 02043, rjharrisjr@aol.com, 781-740-3114.

Berkley Hudson, University of Missouri. Address: 321B Lee Hills Hall, Columbia, MO 65211. E-mail: hudsonb@missouri.edu. Phone: (573) 882-4201. Available to speak on: visual/American South photography, photojournalism—race relations represented in U.S. Media, magazines in the U.S.—literary journalism.

Janice Hume, University of Georgia. Address: 120 Longbranch Ct., Athens, GA 30605. E-mail: jhume@uga.edu. Phone: (706) 542-5980. Available to speak on: media and public memory, journalism and grief in American culture, obituaries.

John Jenks, Dominican University. Available to speak on Cold War censorship and propaganda and 20th century British news media history. CONTACT: CAS Department, Dominican University, River Forest, IL 60305-1066, jjenks@dom.edu, 708-524-6932.

Dave Kaszuba, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, Pa. Available to speak on the history of sports journalism, especially circa the 1920s, and the evolution of women in sports journalism from the late 19th century to present day. Email: kaszuba@susqu.edu

Paulette Kilmer, University of Toledo. Address: 2122 Orchard Lakes Place, W12, Toledo, OH. 43615 E-mail: pkilmer@utnet.utoledo.edu. Phone: (449) 842-0815. Available to speak on: popular culture, news as archetype and myth, news as narrative of cultural memory.

Carolyn Kitch, Temple University. Address: 2020 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122. E-mail: ckitch@temple.edu. Phone: (215) 204-5077. Available to speak on: women and journalism history, magazines, visual communication, memory studies.

Marya Lamonica, New Mexico State University. Address: Department of Journalism, MSC 3J, P.O. Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003. E-mail: mlamonic@nmsu.edu. Phone: (575) 646-4638. Available to speak on: civil war women and civil war reporting, 19th century minority journalism, 1930s FSA photographers.

Gerry Lanosga, Indiana University. Address: 940 E. Seventh St., Bloomington, IN, 47405. E-mail: glanosga@indiana.edu. Phone: (317) 697-6083. Available to speak on: journalistic practice (development of professionalism, objectivity), investigative reporting, and freedom of information.

Amy Mattson Lauters, Minnesota State University, Mankato. Address: Department of Mass Communications, Nelson 136 Mankato, MN 56001. E-mail: amay.lauters@mnsu.edu. Phone: (507) 389-5523. Available to speak on: Laura Ingalls Wilder/Rose Wilder Lane, American farm women’s history, literary journalism, women in media, women in popular culture.

Chuck Lewis, Minnesota State University, Mankato. Address: Department of Mass Communications, Nelson 136, Mankato, MN 56001. E-mail: charles.lewis@mnsu.edu. Phone: (507) 389-5524. Available to speak on: Photojournalism/Photography, Civil War, World War I, World War II.

Linda Lumsden, University of Arizona. Address: School of Journalism, Marshall 334, Tucson, AZ 85719. E-mail: lumsden@email.arizona.edu. Phone: (520) 243-0533. Available to speak on: women’s journalism history, American radical press (1900-1918), suffrage press.

Jane Marcellus, Middle Tennessee State University. Available to speak on women in journalism and media representation of women. Contact School of Journalism, MTSU, P. O. Box 64, Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0064, jane.marcellus@mtsu.edu, Phone: 615-898-5282.

Jon Marshall, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism. Address: 822 Prairie Avenue, Wilmette, IL 60091. E-mail: j-marshall@northwestern.edu. Phone: (847) 467-2450. Available to speak on: Investigative reporting, Watergate.

Jane S. McConnell, Minnesota State University-Mankato. Available to speak about journalism ethics codes and the history of social responsibility of the press. Lecture titles include "Old Journalism Ethics Codes vs. New," and "Journalism Ethics Before 'Social Responsibility'." CONTACT: 125 Nelson Hall, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN 56001, jane.mcconnell@mnsu.edu, 507-389-5801.

James B. McPherson, Whitworth University (Spokane, WA). Available to speak on media and politics, and on media and society. Lecture titles include "The Media and the Rise of Conservative Politics," "Alternative Media Past and Present," and "Sex and Gender in the Media." CONTACT: Communication Studies, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA 99251-0307, jmcpherson@whitworth.edu, 509-777-4429.

Vanessa Murphree, University of South Alabama. Address: 1000 University Commons, Mobile, AL 36680. E-mail: vmurphree@gmail.com. Phone: (251) 455-3455. Available to speak on: public relations history.

Eugenia M. Palmegiano, Saint Peter’s University (NJ). Available to speak on the history of journalists in a democratic society. Lecture titles include “The Evolution of the Journalist: Mercenary, Preacher, Superstar” and “Politics and the Press – Story of a Marriage or a Liaison?” CONTACT: History Department, Saint Peter's College, Jersey City, NJ 07306-5997; epalmegiano@saintpeters.edu, 201-761-6177.

Lee Anne Peck, University of Northern Colorado. Available to speak on the history of U.S. media ethics. CONTACT: School of Communication, Campus Box 114, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO, 80639, Leeanne.peck@unco.edu, lpeck80@hotmail.com, 970-351-2635.

Ernest Perry, University of Missouri. Address: School of Journalism, 200 Neff Hall, Columbia, MO 65211. E-mail: perryel@missouri.edu. Phone: (573) 882-4214. Available to speak on: African American press.

Selene G. Phillips, University of Louisville. Available to speak on Native American communication/newspapers/culture and the Chautauqua movement. Lecture titles include "Americans in the Media," "Oral Tradition Meets the Media: The Native American Press, Censorship, First Amendment Rights and the Law," "Editors of Tribal and Native American Newspapers," "The Lac Courte Oreilles Journal: An Ojibwe Newspaper," "The Images and Stereotyping of Native Americans," "Communicating Across Cultures," "Tribal People and the News," "Sacagawea and the Lewis and Clark Expedition," "The Inaccurate Image of Native American Barbie Dolls." CONTACT: 310 Strickler Hall, Department of Communication, Louisville, KY 40292-2001, selene.phillips@louisville.edu, 502-852-6976.

Mavis Richardson, Minnesota State University, Mankato. Address: Department of Mass Communications, Nelson 136, Mankato, MN 56001. E-mail: mavis.richardson@mnsu.edu. Phone: (507) 389-3299. Available to speak on: Wounded Knee (1890), Wounded Knee (1973), BIA occupation (1972), American Indian journalists and newspapers.

Ford Risley, Penn State University. Available to speak about the abolitionist, Civil War and nineteenth-century press. Lecture titles include “The Press and the Moral Struggle over Slavery,” “Reporting the Civil War” and “Abraham Lincoln and the Press.” CONTACT: College of Communications, Penn State University, 211 Carnegie Building,
University Park, PA 16803, jfr4@psu.edu, 814-865-2181.

Lori Amber Roessner, University of Tennessee. Address: 333 Communications Building, Knoxville, TN  37996-0333. E-mail: aroessne@utk.edu. Phone: (865) 974-5142. Available to speak on: sports media history; collective memory; gender, race, class in media history.

David Sloan, University of Alabama. Address: 490 Reese Phifer Hall #7205, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. E-mail: wmdsloan@bellsouth.net. Phone: (205) 333-8603. Available to speak on: the press and politics, media bias, editorial writing, origins of the American newspaper.

Reed Smith, Georgia Southern University. Available to speak on “20th Century Broadcast News History,” “The Copperhead Publishers in the Midwest During the Civil War,” “Journalistic Coverage of Southern Lynchings.” CONTACT: P.O. Box 8091, Communication Arts Department, Statesboro, GA 30460-1000, RSmith@georgiasouthern.edu, 912-478-0531.

David Spencer, University of Western Ontario. Address: 28 Longbow Place, London, Ontario N6G 1Y3 Canada. E-mail: dspencer@uwo.ca. Phone: (519) 471-4578. Available to speak on: 19th century press, radicals, editorial cartoons.

Teresa Jo Styles, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University,  
Address: Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, Greensboro, NC 27411; E-mail: teresaj@ncat.edu. Phone: (336) 334-7900. Available to speak on: the history of documentary filmmaking; the history of film; media management (including its history); the role of journalists during the civil rights movement; the history of broadcast journalists in network news.

James D. Startt, Valparaiso University. Available to speak on "Woodrow Wilson and the Media." Contact: jdstartt@sbcglobal.net.

Teresa Styles, North Carolina A&T State University. Address: 1601 East Market Street, Greensboro, NC 2741.1 E-mail: teresaj@ncat.edu. Phone: (336) 334-7900. Available to speak on: history of television news executives, black press.

Michael S. Sweeney. Ohio University. Available to speak on World War I and World War II censorship and propaganda. Lecture titles include "Wartime Censorship and the First Amendment," and "Shaping the News in World War II." CONTACT: E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701 sweenem3@ohio.edu, 740-597-1799.

Leonard Teel, Georgia State University. Address: 1 Park Place, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30303. E-mail: joulrt@langate.gsu.edu. Phone: (404) 377-8975. Available to speak on: Cuban revolution (1956-59), Civil Rights journalism (1940-70), public press (1900-45).

Debra Reddin van Tuyll, Augusta State University. Available to speak on the history of the political press, Civil War journalism, and issues of media law and ethics. Lecture titles include "The Confederate Press," "War Correspondence in the Civil War," and "Why Free Speech Matters."CONTACT: 110 Springlakes Circle, Martinez, GA 30907-1606, dvantuyl@aug.edu, 706-729-2183.

David J. Vergobbi, University of Utah. Address: Department of Communication, LNCO 2400, 255 S. Central Campus Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112. E-mail: david.vergobbi@utah.edu. Phone: (801) 485-4626. Available to speak on: mass media law, freedom of expression, media ethics.

Patrick S. Washburn, Ohio University. Available to speak on the history of black newspapers in the twentieth century. Lecture titles include: "How Black Newspapers Laid the Groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement, 1910-50," "The Black Press and the Government in World War II," and "The Decline of Black Newspapers from 1950 Onward." CONTACT: School of Journalism, Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701-2979, washburp@ohio.edu, 740-593-2593.

Susan Weill, Texas State University. Address: School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Old Main 206, San Marcos, TX 78666. E-mail: weill@txstate.edu. Phone: (512) 396-1979. Available to speak on: race and gender in the media, civil rights and the media, stereotypes and the media.