C-SPAN 2012 campaign bus to visit Purdue for Lamb School celebration

September 27, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The C-SPAN 2012 Bus on the Road to the White House tour will visit Purdue University on Thursday (Sept. 29) as part of the celebration for the new Brian Lamb School of Communication.

The bus will be parked in the bike lane between Stewart Center and Purdue Memorial Mall from 2-4:30 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the College of Liberal Arts' celebration to honor Lamb, the C-SPAN founder and Purdue alumnus. The new school was named for Lamb this summer after the Board of Trustees approved it in April. As part of the celebration, Lamb will visit with students and faculty and will interview Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels in a public forum on campus. Tickets are no longer available for the interview.

The Campaign 2012 Bus travels the country to promote and enhance C-SPAN's extensive resources and political coverage by stopping at major political events such as candidate debates and speeches in early primary states and meeting with voters on the campaign trail. Additionally, the bus tours state capitals, visits community events, and hosts students and teachers around the nation, giving them an inside look at C-SPAN's comprehensive educational and political resources. Visitors will learn about the following programming and resources via HD TVs, touch screen computers, laptops, and mobile devices. C-SPAN is funded by the cable industry, and this event is in partnership with Comcast Cable. 

Lamb earned his bachelor's degree in speech in 1963 and received an honorary doctorate from Purdue in 1986. He founded C-SPAN - Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network - in 1977. The network's initial telecasts of the U.S. House of Representatives commenced in 1979 and, today, there are three C-SPAN networks offering around-the-clock coverage of the political process.

 Lamb has long been involved with Purdue and the College of Liberal Arts. In 1987 he designated Purdue as the original home of the C-SPAN Archives, which records, indexes and archives all C-SPAN programming for historical, educational and research uses. Now located in the Purdue Research Park, the archives records, stores and makes accessible every C-SPAN program aired since 1987.

The collection totals more than 170,000 hours. All programs are digital and can viewed for free at http://www.c-span.org/videolibrary

Robert X. Browning, an associate professor of communication and political science, is the C-SPAN Archives director.

Writer:  Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu 

Source:  Christine Sharp, director of alumni relations & special events in the College of Liberal Arts, 765-494-7884, ctsharp@purdue.edu

                 Jennifer Curran, 202-626-3419, jcurran@c-span.org  

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