May 08, 2009

RSU Public Television to Present ‘America the Ignorant?"

A panel of area experts will appear on "America the Ignorant?" at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, on Rogers State University Television.

The live 60-minute program, produced by RSU Public Television, considers whether Americans are largely unaware of events shaping the global community, said Dr. Jeff Gentry, the show's host. Gentry is also an associate professor and department head for the department of communications and acting department head for the department of psychology, sociology and criminal justice at RSU.

The program combines a panel discussion with on-camera opinions of ordinary Oklahoma citizens, as well as live call-in questions from the viewing audience.

The discussion panel will include Dr. Lara Foley, chair and associate professor of sociology at the University of Tulsa; Kenneth Hicks, chair and associate professor of history and political science at RSU; and Derek Sparks, former legislative aide for international relations to Sen. Tom Coburn.

Panelists will give their perspectives on the topic and how it may impact the nation and the world. The critique will include the public, educators, and elites.

Viewers are encouraged to call (800) 823-7210 with questions and comments during the program.

Last fall Gentry hosted the program "Are All Politicians Liars?" also on RSU Public TV.

RSU Public TV is licensed to Rogers State University and is the only public television station to be operated by a university in Oklahoma. The station, based on the RSU campus in Claremore, reaches more than a million people within a 75-mile radius of the campus.

RSU Public TV broadcasts on digital channel 35.1 and 35.2, Tulsa and Claremore cable channel 19, Cable Channel 4 in Bartlesville and satellite channel 35 across northeastern Oklahoma.

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