3rd Thursday


3rd Thursday at Hoover’s presents “Clearing the Static: Herbert Hoover and Early Radio Regulations”

June 17, 2021 06:00 PM live via Zoom

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Radio as we know it today emerged at the dawn of the 20th Century–first popular with amateur operators then becoming commercially viable in the 1920s. Growth was so rapid that some control was necessary to make room on limited spectrum as radio enthusiasts were going “on the air” on any frequency, at any time and with any power. Professor Stephen Coon will discuss this history and also look at how regulatory decisions made by Herbert Hoover and others still affect today’s industry including social media. 

Dr. Steve Coon is a retired university professor, international communications consultant, and former coordinator of Electronic Media Studies (EMS) in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University.

Professor Coon has presented communication workshops in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Workshop topics include New Media, Social Media, Writing and Reporting for Radio and Television, Civic Journalism, Election and Political Reporting, Journalism Ethics and Professional Responsibilities, and Investigative Reporting.

3rd Thursday at Hoover’s presents “Nutritional Inequality in Vienna: 1919 to 1922”

July 15, 2021 12:00 PM live via Zoom

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As the Austro-Hungarian Empire began to unravel during the First World War, the specter of civilian hunger grew in Vienna. Food insecurity increased in the city for a variety of interconnected reasons. In the midst of wide-spread food shortages, the University of Vienna’s Children’s Clinic and Hospital became inundated with new patients suffering from a variety of ailments associated with malnutrition. Unfortunately, hunger did not immediately cease with the succession of hostilities. One contemporary study suggested that in 1919, 90% all school children in the city were experiencing moderate to severe malnutrition. This presentation explores the impact that reduced food supplies due the First World War and Franco-British blockade had on the health of civilians in Vienna, as well as the nutritional impact on the city once the blockade was lifted and international food aid arrived. Philanthropic donations played a huge role in alleviating children’s suffering and reducing nutritional inequality.

About the Speaker: Dr. Mary E. Cox received a PhD from the University of Oxford and is a Departmental Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Oxford.