Distributed February 7, 2002
News Service Contact: Mary Jo Curtis
Ogden Memorial Lecture
Ted Turner to speak Feb. 11 on “Our Common Future”
AOL Time Warner Vice Chairman Ted Turner will deliver the Stephen A Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs, titled “Our Common Future,” on Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at 6:30 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, located on The College Green.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — AOL Time Warner Vice Chairman Robert E. “Ted” Turner III will speak on “Our Common Future” when he delivers a Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs. Turner will speak Monday, Feb. 11, 2002, at 6:30 p.m., in the Richard and Edna Salomon Center for Teaching, located on The College Green.
A media entrepreneur, philanthropist and yachtsman, Turner pioneered 24-hour live news coverage with his CNN cable television channel, revolutionizing the industry and helping to transform the world into a satellite-linked global village. Known for his deep interest in the environment and international affairs, he last year founded the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), pledging $250 million over five years to increase public awareness and reduce the danger from nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. He now co-chairs the foundation with former Sen. Sam Nunn. The Turner Foundation (founded in 1990) gives millions to environmental causes; in 1997 Turner gave what is believed to be the single largest donation in philanthropic history – $1 billion – to the United Nations for good works programs.
Turner was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1938 and has been a longtime resident of Atlanta. A member of the Class of 1960 at Brown, he studied classics and economics and was captain of the sailing club. In 1963 he inherited the Turner Advertising Company following his father’s death; in 1970 he bought an Atlanta-based television station. In 1975 his cable company became one of the first to transmit via a communications satellite, significantly expanding his customer base. The increased ad revenue helped establish the Turner Broadcasting System (TBS).
His role as a leader in the cable industry continued in the 1980s when Turner established the revolutionary Cable News Network (CNN) and Turner Network Television (TNT). He later purchased the MGM/UA Entertainment Company, acquiring more than 4,000 classic films and Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, the latter leading to the launching of the Cartoon Network in 1992. In 1995 he sold Turner Broadcasting to Time Warner and became vice chairman of the $20 billion per year media company. Time Warner merged with AOL in 2000.
The Ogden Lectures were established in memory of Stephen A. Ogden Jr., a member of the Brown Class of 1960, who died in 1963 from injuries he suffered in a car accident. His family established the lectures as a tribute to his interest in international relations. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information on the lecture, call (401) 863-2809.