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UM professor to lead 2 seminars about TV

John Splaine will introduce television literacy training and lead two seminars, "Television's Secret Language" today and "Media: Politics and Citizenship" on Monday, at Glenelg Country School. Both seminars will be from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Gould Building.

Dr. Splaine, an associate professor of education policy at the University of Maryland, will conduct the workshops, which are open to the public, for middle and upper school students.

"Television's Secret Language" will discuss how television "programs" its viewers, sends subliminal messages, challenges community and family values, and ways to view TV more critically.

"Media: Politics and Citizenship" will analyze the conflicting messages created by the news media's use of editing, camera angles and sound bites.

Dr. Splaine's lectures are part of the 1993 Speakers Forum Series: "Television: The Hidden Agenda."

A panel discussion is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 31 on television's impact on the development of children and ways that the public can promote high-quality programming .

"Creating Your Own Campaign for Quality" will be led by Charlene Hughins Uhl, an early-childhood specialist, and Kathryn Montgomery, founder of the Center for Media Education in Silver Spring.

The sessions are free.

Information: 531-2229.

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