Andrew Bottomley, assistant professor of Media Studies, has been invited to serve on the organizing committee for the upcoming second annual Sound Education educational audio conference, to be held October 9-12 at Harvard University and Boston University. Sound Education brings a diverse range of scholars from across the arts and sciences together with professional radio/podcast producers, journalists, and media industry executives to workshop and discuss the issues shaping educational audio today.
Bottomley is programming a track of panels covering topics that include academic podcasting, teaching through podcasts, audio preservation, and innovative models for sound-based digital humanities scholarship. Among these sessions is a Histories of Educational Audio special event featuring Bill Siemering, a MacArthur “genius grant” recipient and one of the most significant innovators in American public media, known as National Public Radio’s “founding father” for his role as NPR’s first director of programming, the author of the network’s original mission statement, and the creator of its flagship program, All Things Considered. Siemering holds a SUNY honorary doctorate (Doctor of Humane Letters, 2001) from the SUNY Buffalo campus, where he began his public radio career in 1963 as the general manager of WBFO.