The Power of the Magazine Cover: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
March 25, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.| $15
Successful American leaders have always understood, respected — and sometimes feared — the power of the media in shaping and shifting public opinions and perceptions. For more than a hundred years, magazine publishers and politicians have had a symbiotic relationship. From Lincoln to Kennedy and beyond, an American president’s appearance on a magazine cover has generated increased sales and readership for the publication and heightened public awareness of the president’s platform and policies.
Join us on Monday, March 25, for The Power of the Magazine Cover: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with Dr. Samir Husni. Known as Mr. Magazine™ and regarded as one of the nation’s foremost experts on print journalism, Dr. Husni will take us on a journey through the history of American magazines, including the role magazine covers played in cementing the enduring mystique and legacy of President Kennedy. Perhaps the most photographed American president in history, President Kennedy appeared on magazine covers throughout his lifetime and over the past fifty-five years since his death.
This special program includes admission to the Museum’s temporary exhibit 55 Years, an installation of magazine covers featuring President Kennedy from 1963 to 2018. While President Kennedy’s image and influence have continued to be the focus of magazine articles over the years, 55 Years visually conveys how the symbolic memorialization of the 35th president has evolved over time.
About Dr. Samir Husni | Dr. Husni is Director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi School of Journalism, where he also serves as Professor and Hederman Lecturer. The author of the annual Samir Husni’s Guide to New Magazines, now in its 25th year, Dr. Husni has been quoted in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and USA Today, and has appeared on CBS News Sunday Morning, Good Morning America, CNBC, CNN, PBS and NPR. Dr. Husni holds a doctorate in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Texas.
This program is associated with the 55 Years exhibit,
which is presented in part by: