Film critic, best-selling author and nationally syndicated radio talk show host Michael Medved will speak at Harding University Oct. 26. His daily three-hour program, emphasizing the intersection of politics and pop culture, reaches more than 2 million listeners in more than 100 markets, coast to coast. On Oct. 25-26, this program will be broadcast from local affiliate KWCK's studios in Searcy.
After working as a screenwriter in Hollywood, Medved reviewed movies for CNN and later as chief film critic for the New York Post. He also served 12 years as co-host of "Sneak Previews," the nationally televised weekly movie review show on PBS. He is the author of eight nonfiction books, including the national best seller What Really Happened to the Class of '65. His most influential work was a best-selling indictment of the entertainment industry, Hollywood vs. America, of which England's Guardian newspaper wrote, "Just occasionally, a book changes the way the world thinks. Michael Medved's Hollywood vs. America is such a book."
More recently, Medved collaborated with his wife, Dr. Diane Medved, a clinical psychologist and author, on Saving Childhood: Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence. In October 1998, the Wall Street Journal wrote, "If Saving Childhood isn't an important book, I don't know what one would look like."
Medved's columns on media and society appear regularly in USA Today, where he serves as a member of the board of contributors.
The ASI Distinguished Lecture Series offers insight into current trends in political and economical development affecting the American way of life. This year's speakers are sponsored by the Young America's Foundation.
All presentations are free and open to the public. They begin at 7:30 p.m. in Benson Auditorium, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call (501) 279-4497.