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The Eastern Kentucky University Chautauqua Lecture Series will feature Black history and First Amendment keynote speaker, Eric Deggans on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. This lecture series is sponsored by the Department of Communication, the African/African American Studies Program, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Office of Diversity and the Honors Program.

According to Chautauqua Lecture Series Coordinator, Erik Liddell, Deggans is NPR’s first full-time TV critic and has served in similar roles for 20 years. He is a contributor and media analyst for MSNBC/NBC News. He is the author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide the Nation, published by Palgrave Macmillan. Deggans has won awards from the Society for Features Journalism, American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Black Journalists, The Florida Press Club and Florida Society of News Editors. Deggans is a chair of the Media Monitoring Committee for the National Association of Black Journalists. He has served on the board of directors for the national Television Critics Association and on the board of the Mid-Florida Society of Professional Journalists.

Tune in to the lecture “How Changing Demographics Affect Media Coverage of Race,” which will be streamed on YouTube at this link:

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