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UCSD Highlights

Nicholas Johnson served as University of California Regents Lecturer January 29-February 5, 2000. He was on the campus of the University of California San Diego under the sponsorship of its Department of Communication. This page will be expanded over time to include transcripts of more of the events, as indicated below. -- N.J., February 7, 2000; updated July 12, 2000

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The University of California San Diego.

Its Department of Communication, with distinguished Chair, Dr. Carol Padden, and faculty and extraordinaily competent and charming staff.

Professor Herbert Schiller, a giant in the field of communication studies -- and on the UCSD faculty -- died at the age of 80 on January 29, 2000. Professor Schiller was a major influence in Nicholas Johnson's thinking about communications policy when serving as an FCC Commissioner (1966-73). Johnson dedicated his February 1 campus-wide lecture to Professor Schiller's memory and work. Here is the UCSD official obit from its "news" page -- along with another copy in the event it is ultimately removed from the UCSD site.

Although the Department of Communication page regarding the details of Johnson's visit has now been removed from its Web site, a backup of that page is available here.

And see the San Diego Union report of his visit by the ComputerLink editor, Suzanne Choney, "Voice of Experience Warns of Net Missteps," February 8, 2000.

Links to lecture notes, texts and transcribed tapes of extemporaneous remarks will be indicated below as available.


[NOTE: Because the all-purpose link to Department of Communication professors is indicated above, individual links are not repeated below. Nicholas Johnson was accompanied by his wife, Mary Vasey.]

Saturday, January 29, 2000

    Dinner with Professor and former Department Chair Michael Schudson and his wife Sue

Monday, January 31, 2000

    10:45-12:05 Professor Nathaniel Beck's "Introduction to Policy Analysis" class [no text or tape]

Tuesday, February 1, 2000

    9:00-11:30 Guest interview by (former WSUI-AM, Iowa City) personality Tom Fudge on "These Days," KPBS-FM 89.5, San Diego State University [tape; no transcription at this time]

    12:00-1:00 Luncheon meeting with Professor Dee Dee Halleck

    4:00-5:00 All-campus public lecture, "Media Regulation in the Age of the Internet," Copley Auditorium [tape not yet available; will be transcribed; speech outline/notes only]

    6:00-9:00 Dinner with UCSD Social Sciences Division Dean Paul Drake, Dr. Sanford Berman, Department Chair Carol Padden, Professors Mike Cole and Dan Hallin, UCSD Social Sciences Development Director Rosetta Ellis

Wednesday, February 2, 2000

    10:45-12:00 "Guest Book," with host (and Department of Communication Professor) Robert Horowitz, videotaped at UCSD-TV Channel 35 [aired in March 2000; streaming video of this program may be seen]

    12:30-2:00 "A Conversation with Nicholas Johnson," discussion with the Communication Department entire faculty [taping equipment failure; no other record]

    5:00-7:00 "General Semantics and Departments of Communication," remarks at a reception in honor of Dr. Sanford Berman, with San Diego State University faculty, UCSD Faculty Club [advance text only]

Thursday, February 3, 2000

    7:30-9:00 "Free Speech, Profitable Speech and the Future of the Internet," delivered at a Breakfast Symposium with San Diego business and community leaders, UCSD Faculty Club. Panelists included Neil Derrough, former President, NBC Channel 7/39, President, N.E.D. Enterprises; Robert Bingham, founder, Simple Net Communications; Guylyn Remmenga Cummins, Gray, Cary, Ware & Freiderich; and Professor Robert Horwitz, UCSD Department of Communication [videotaped by UCSD-TV Channel 35 for broadcast in March 2000; videotape available thereafter will be transcribed; advance text only now available]

    12:45-2:05 Professor Robert Horowitz' "Law, Communication, and Freedom of Expression" class [taped, but tape not yet available; will be transcribed]

    6:00-9:00 Dinner meeting with Dr. Sanford Berman

Friday, February 6, 2000

    10:00-10:45 Consultation with Edward Lopez, President, San Diego City Schools

    11:15-12:05 Professor Dan Schiller's "Social History of U.S. Telecommunications" [no tape or text]

    12:30-1:45 Luncheon consultation with Korea University Professor Dr. Won, Woo-Hyun

    5:00-6:00 Tour of UCSD San Diego Supercomputer Center with Ezra Halleck

Professor Dee Dee Halleck has been, and remains, a leader in the public access/community video movement. She maintains affiliations with Paper Tiger, Deep Dish Television, Free Speech, and the Independent Media Center.  Her husband, Joel Kovel, was a candidate for the Green Party nomination for president, sponsored by Greenplace. (He withdrew in March 2000.)