NORMAN — Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee professor of government and the press at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, will deliver three public lectures on the theme “Feeding the Fire: The Media’s Role in Party Polarization” on Oct. 22-24 as part of the Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture in Representative Government series at the University of Oklahoma.
All of the lectures will be at 4 p.m. in the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation Auditorium, Room 1140 in Gaylord Hall, 395 W. Lindsey St. on OU’s Norman campus.
Patterson will discuss “The Broadcast Era” on Oct. 22, “The Cable Era” on Oct. 23 and “The Networked Era” on Oct. 24.
His most recent book, “Informing the News,” examines the declining quality of public information, the consequences for what people know and only think they know and what can be done to fix the problem.
Patterson has received numerous awards, including the American Political Science Association Graber Award for his book “Out of Order” (1993) and a Choice Award for “Mass Media Election” (1980). His book “The Unseeing Eye” (1976) was named one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the past half-century by the American Association for Public Opinion Research.
For information about the lectures, which are open to the public at no cost, or for accommodations on the basis of disability, call the Carl Albert Center at 325-6372.