November 23, 2010

CWRU joins PBS-NPR Forum Network, shares campus activities to the world

Andrew Lucker

The who’s who on the university lecture circuit is just a few computer clicks away.

Case Western Reserve University is among the leading universities, arts organizations and civic groups posting talks and events from their campuses for the public to view at leisure through the Forum Network.

Andrew Lucker, adjunct assistant professor of political science, is the campus’ behind-the-scenes organizer working with MediaVision on campus. Together, they’re setting up the connection with the Forum Network on NPR and PBS platform through WGBH in Boston.

“We’ve been working out the process and how we plan to move forward,” he says.

Prior to NPR and PBS providing the service, it was housed at Princeton University, where Lucker was involved. With its move, Lucker saw potential for showcasing campus activities that draw nationally renowned guests and experts in their fields and sharing with others.

Currently several videos from the Case Western Reserve school of law and the university’s Center for Policy Studies, where Lucker is associate director with Director Joseph White, have postings.

“I see potential for others to participate,” Lucker says. 

He points to a number of campus groups such as Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence and others that regularly bring speakers to campus.

WCPN, the downtown Cleveland NPR station, is among the 30 NPR and PBS participating stations. Case Western Reserve is the only local university partner that will be posting talks on campus and visiting personalities.

Lucker says it’s a community learning partnership. Topics span a range of interests from art and architecture, business and economics, culture and identity, education, health and happiness, history, media and technology, people and places, politics and public affairs to science and nature. People can also search by interest in world regions or time periods. 

To learn more about campus participation in the Forum Network, visit  Lucker can be reached by email at

Posted by: David Wilson, November 23, 2010 10:58 AM | News Topics:

Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.