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Thursday, October 14, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:03 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Award recipient to speak at MU

By Dan Nejfelt

Leo Bogart, a mass media scholar and one of this year’s recipients of the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, will speak at Fisher Auditorium at 9:30 a.m. today.

“I plan to talk about the enormous changes occurring in mass communication and about the special challenges faced by traditional printed newspapers,” Bogart said.

The Missouri Honor Medal is awarded annually by a special committee of faculty from MU’s School of Journalism for lifetime achievement in journalism. Past winners include Walter Cronkite, Joseph Pulitzer, Tom Brokaw and Molly Ivins.

MU’s Web site says Bogart is being awarded the medal “in recognition of his unmatched career as a researcher, teacher, author; his more than a half century of superb leadership in advancing media research within the industry; and his guiding influence in helping media outlets serve their public.”

Bogart has served as president of many organizations, including the American and World Associations for Public Opinion Research, the Market Research Council and the Radio and Television Research Council, and as director of the American Marketing Association and the Center for Applied Linguistics, among others

He taught at Columbia University, New York University and the Illinois Institute of Technology and has written 12books. Bogart and George Gallup (a recipient of the Missouri Honor Medal in 1951) were the first members elected to the Market Research Council Hall of Fame.

“I think each award is distinctive and relates to a different aspect of one’s work and experience,” Bogart said. “The Missouri award is especially appreciated because it comes from one of the world’s great centers of journalism education.”

He said he was pleased and surprised to hear he had received the medal.

Bogart, whose only previous visit to MU was in 1988, said he looks forward to his return.

Literary fest begins today at Stephens

By Yolanda Coleman

“Expressions: A Literary Festival” — five days of storytelling, readings and other events — begins today and runs through Monday at Stephens College.

The festival runs in tandem with an exhibit by Columbia writer and artist Gladys Swan, “Expressions: Painting, Pottery and Poetry.” Swan’s exhibit of poetry, oil painting, water colors and ceramics opened Monday and will run through Nov. 5 at the Davis Art Gallery, at Ripley and Walnut streets on the edge of the Stephens College campus.

Swan said her exhibit is a combination of imagination and reality.

“I like color and landscape and figures, so I work with that, but I also can create something in my mind and just let it go from there,” she said.

Swan, the author of two novels and five collections of short fiction, taught creative writing at MU for 10 years. Swan said she is primarily a writer but has had a long love affair with visual arts, starting in high school.

“I ended up painting because I hated P.E.,” she said, “So I had my doctor write me a note to get me out of the class and took art instead.”

Swan said the idea for the literary festival was born from her desire to celebrate her 70th birthday this Friday.

“The (Davis) art gallery had already invited me to do an exhibit and the literary festival just kind of spun out from that,” Swan said. “I wanted to celebrate my birthday, and I called up a few of my friends to come down and join in.”

The festival begins with poet Leslie Ullman sitting on a poetry class at 9:30 a.m. today at Stephens. Ullman is one of Swan’s friends.

For a full schedule of events, which are open and free to the public, call Judith Clark at 442-2211, ext. 4668, or visit events/literaryfestival.php.

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