Historical Insight

Gardner-Webb Professor Gives Journalist’s Account of Nixon Years

Historical Insight

Dr. Joseph Webb, GWU professor of Communication & New Media, was a journalist in Illinois when two historical events converged to end the presidency of Richard Nixon. Webb will discuss both events—the Pentagon Papers and Watergate—in a lecture on Nov. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in Stewart Hall of Tucker Student Center.

“What Happened to President Nixon? From the Lies to the Resignation” is offered through the Joyce Compton Brown Lecture Series, which is hosted by the GWU Life of the Scholar. The program also includes a panel discussion with Webb and Dr. Elizabeth Amato, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Joseph Moore, chair of the Department of Social Sciences and associate professor of history; and Noel Manning, associate vice president for Communications and Marketing.

From 1968-1973, Webb was the Illinois legislative reporter for six daily newspapers and reported on how Illinois’ congressmen reacted to the discoveries. Throughout his 35-year career, he has taught journalism and communications law with this unique perspective. He has also studied, written and lectured about the scandal and its players.

“The Pentagon Papers exposed the government’s lies about Vietnam,” observed Webb, who is also acting dean of the GWU School of Performing and Visual Arts. “The Supreme Court was the key player in requiring the government to release the papers. The similarities between 50 years ago and today are quite striking. The lessons to be learned by studying those Nixon years are fascinating.”

Auxiliary aids will be made available to persons with disabilities upon request 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 704-406-4270 or email disabilityservices@gardner-webb.edu with your request.

Gardner-Webb’s scholarly lecture series is named for Dr. Joyce Compton Brown, professor emerita of English. Among her many accomplishments, Brown formed a lecture series as part of the University’s Life of the Scholar Program to introduce students to the challenging and dynamic world of professional scholarship.