Oprah Winfrey to Visit Newhouse

Monday’s Dedication Ceremony Schedule of Events

If you’ve ever wanted to see Oprah, here’s your chance. Winfrey will serve as a special guest as part of Newhouse’s Studio and Innovation Center’s dedication on Sept. 29. Unfortunately, free tickets that were made available to SU students have sold out. The program, which will also include remarks from Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham and SU Chancellor Kent Syverud, will be broadcast to TV screens throughout the Student Center and the Newhouse School as well as computers with a Syracuse University IP address.

If you can’t see Winfrey in person, don’t fret; she will also attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Newhouse 2’s Waverly Avenue entrance. In addition, the day will include two symposia open to the public.

Here are the details about Monday’s events:

9 a.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3
The day will begin with a symposium on “The Future of Digital Media,” which will explore how data, branding and experience are reshaping storytelling for the digital age. Dan Pacheco, the Peter A. Horvitz Endowed Chair in Journalism Innovation at the Newhouse School, will lead the event. Panelists will include Mitch Gelman, vice president of product at Gannett Digital; Kristina Hahn, head of consumer packaged goods at Google; and Larry Hryb, director of Xbox programming at Microsoft.

1 p.m. in the Goldstein Auditorium in the Schine Student Center
Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham, SU Chancellor Kent Syverud, and special guest Oprah Winfrey will make remarks.

2 p.m. at the Waverly Avenue entrance to Newhouse 2
Winfrey will attend the dedication ceremony of the Studio and Innovation Center, an $18 million renovation to Newhouse 2. An open house will follow.

3 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse 3
The day will conclude with the symposium, “Dick Clark: A Discussion about a Great American Broadcaster,” led by Robert Thompson, Trustee Professor and director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at the Newhouse School. Panelists Eric Deggans, TV critic with National Public Radio and author of “Race-Baiter: How the Media Uses Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation”; Mary Ann Watson, professor of electronic media and film studies at Eastern Michigan University and the author and editor of three books on radio and television history; and David Zurawick, TV critic at The Baltimore Sun and author of “The Jews of Prime Time” will discuss the life and legacy of Dick Clark.

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