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William Dorman to present Livingston Lecture Oct. 17
Dorman, professor of government and journalism at Sacramento State, will deliver
Sacramento State’s prestigious John C. Livingston Lecture on Tuesday,
Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. in the University Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to
Dorman, who plans to retire next May after a 40-year teaching career at Sacramento
State, will present a talk titled “A Teaching Life: Values Then and Now.”
His talk will focus on the man for whom the lecture series is named, John C.
Livingston, who was known as an inspiration to both faculty and students.
The Livingston Lecture is one of the top awards for faculty at Sacramento State.
The annual lecture, organized by the Faculty Senate, recognizes a faculty member
who has played an active role in the life of the University and has shown strong
commitment to students while remaining active in creative and scholarly work.
Dorman is the first Sacramento State professor to be twice selected to deliver
the Livingston Lecture. He was first named in 1995.
Dorman has developed a national reputation as one of the few academics working
in the area of mass media and its relationship to American defense and foreign
policy. He has written extensively on foreign affairs and on the performance
of the media for publications ranging from the Columbia Journalism Review
to the World Policy Journal. Dorman was a member of the 1990-91 Social
Science Research Council's panel on the Press and Foreign Policy, which produced
one of the most highly regarded studies of the 1991 war with Iraq titled "Taken
by Storm: The Media, Public Opinion and U.S. Foreign Policy in the Gulf War."
Dorman received the California State University system's most prestigious honor,
the Wang Family Excellence Award, in 2002. The honor is given to only four faculty
annually in the CSU system.
John C. Livingston, the subject of Dorman’s talk, was a professor of government
at Sacramento State from 1954 until his death in 1981. As a member of the faculty,
Livingston chaired the Department of Government for many years and served as
acting dean of the then School of Arts and Sciences from 1971 to 1972. He was
chair of the Faculty Senate on campus in 1970 and helped establish the statewide
Academic Senate. Known as a charismatic and principled scholar, Livingston was
a legend among his faculty colleagues, Dorman recalled. "He cared very
deeply and was very passionate about issues such as academic freedom, shared
governance and civil rights," he said.
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