Each fall semester, BYU students have the opportunity to attend the Raymond E. and Ida Lee Beckham Lectures in Communications here on campus. The series consists of three separate lectures which typically take place in September and October. Lecturers are selected from BYU faculty who submit their proposals to the Department of Communications for committee review. The Beckham lectures explore the interactions between media and society, media culture, political economy, media effects and the use of new media. Past lecturers have included esteemed professors such as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Hughes and Associate Department Chair Mark Callister. This is a free event open to the public. Students and faculty campus-wide are invited to attend.
The final lecture of this years series is on October 30, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the HBLL auditorium. The speaker will be Dr. Marc Olivier who is a professor of French & Italian studies here at BYU. His lecture will focus on Curating the Internet and How and Why Pinterest works.
The lectures were established in 1995 in honor of Ray Beckham’s late wife, Ida Lee. Raymond E. Beckham was a leader in education at BYU for 42 years. He was the driving force behind the BYU Evening school program, the BYU Travel Studies program, Aspen Grove, and founded the New York Internship program for Communications majors.