Voice and Judgment: The Practice of Public Politics

Voice and Judgment: The Practice of Public Politics

by Robert J Kingston


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ISBN-13: 9780923993429
Publisher: Kettering Foundation Press
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Pages: 261
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Robert J. Kingston

Bob Kingston has been a Senior Associate of the Kettering Foundation—which is a research organization—since 1981, when he was invited to join in shaping what were to become known as the National Issues Forums. Since that time, he has had a hand in virtually all of the Foundation’s programs, both nationally and internationally. He has been editor of the Kettering Review since its inception, in 1982, and he served as executive producer of the television program, A Public Voice, annually distributed by PBS, nationwide, from the National Press Club in Washington D.C., from 1991 through 2006.

Kingston was born and educated in England; he served in the British Army of Occupation in Germany (BAOR) in the nineteen forties; and he took a “first” at Oxford. He then served as an assistant tutor at the Oxford University International Graduate Summer School in the 1950s, and contributed programs to the BBC’s radio and foreign services. He came to the U.S. in 1954 to teach Shakespeare (at the University of Michigan) on a one-year, international faculty exchange, but stayed to serve in teaching and administrative positions at several U.S. colleges over the next fifteen years. And he became a U.S. citizen!

In 1969 he was invited to join the newly established U.S. Federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities and, as Deputy Chairman and Acting Chairman of the agency in the Nixon, Ford, and Carter Administrations, he guided the development of its fledgling programs—like the state-based committees on the humanities, the American Issues Forums for the Bicentennial, the nation’s annual Jefferson Lecture, international museum exchanges, and early public broadcasting efforts in the humanities (like the Adams Family Chronicles and Sesame Street). After leaving government service, in the late 1970s, he served as President of the College Board (CEEB), then as Executive Director of The Public Agenda (then called “The Public Agenda Foundation”) in New York City.

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