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Lecture by BRIAN LAMB, Founder and CEO, C-SPAN, October 4

This lecture series, featuring world-class thinkers addressing key questions about markets, public policy, and information technology, continues with an address by an individual who has made seminal contributions to American media, pioneering innovative television programming that has forever altered the public forum.

Brian Lamb founded the Cable Satellite Public Affairs Network in 1979.  The network's primary channels, C-SPAN1 and C-SPAN2, are today distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households.  The non-commercial presentation of congressional debates and hearings, think tank seminars, political speeches and debates, tape recordings of Supreme Court arguments and presidential phone calls, Book TV, the Road to the White House, and myriad other political, historical, and public policy offerings make C-SPAN a unique and valuable contribution to American life.  Yet, federal regulation did not lay down the welcome mat for C-SPAN, which at its creation — and often, since — has been on the receiving end of rules designed to protect the "public interest" in broadcasting.  From his exceptional vantage point, Mr. Lamb will explain how the regulation of mass media often triggers the Law of Unintended Consequences.  

Speaker:    BRIAN LAMB
Topic:         C-SPAN -- Present at the Revolution
When:        Wed., Oct. 4, 2006, 4:00-5:30 pm (reception follows)
Where:        George Mason University School of Law, Room 120

The Law School is located at 3301 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, Virginia, within steps of the Virginia Square-GMU Metro (Orange Line).    Admission is free, but seating is limited.  To reserve your spot, please email Anil Caliskan, acaliska@gmu.edu. Parking passes available on request. 

Note: Credentialed members of the news media are encouraged to attend this event.  For more information or to RSVP, reporters should contact Ginny Smith, Director of Communications, at 703-993-8007 or vsmith4@gmu.edu.