St. Bonaventure University is pleased to welcome journalists Alan and Barbara Mackenzie to campus this month as Lenna Visiting Scholars.
The Lenna Endowed Visiting Professorship, established in 1990, is funded through gifts from the late Betty S. Lenna Fairbank and Reginald A. Lenna of Jamestown. It is designed to bring scholars of stature in their field to St. Bonaventure University and Jamestown Community College for public lectures.
During the next two weeks, they will be visiting Jamestown Community College (both the Jamestown and Olean campuses) and St. Bonaventure for lectures and classroom discussions.
They will give the lecture “UK: State of the Nation” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure. The program is free and open to the public.
The Mackenzies are also stepping into the classroom during their time at St. Bonaventure, teaching classes primarily in the Jandoli School of Communication on topics such as the presidential elections and U.K. vs. U.S. law.
Dr. Pauline Hoffmann, dean of the Jandoli School, said the Mackenzies “are providing valuable insight into current developments in Europe, specifically Great Britain, with the recent Brexit vote. They are also able to compare and contrast that historic vote with our own presidential election.”
The Mackenzies have both held reporting and editing positions at newspapers in Great Britain, and were Lenna Visiting Professors over 20 years ago in the spring of 1993.
Alan holds master’s degrees from Aberdeen University and the University of Manchester. Barbara earned a postgraduate certificate from the University of Manchester and National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ), and a postgraduate diploma from the University of Central Lancashire. She also earned a master’s in history at St. Bonaventure.
Alan and Barbara visit SBU almost annually and they have been involved regularly in teaching or advising in the university’s summer Francis E. Kelley Oxford program.
Additionally, each has maintained their media and teaching activities in the United Kingdom while operating The Anchorage, a successful bed & breakfast in Lytham St. Annes, Lancashire, England.
The Mackenzies are also scheduled to speak to St. Bonaventure faculty and staff on their final day on campus, at the Nov. 10 Thursday Forum in the University Club. The topic will be “Presidential Elections as Seen From Over the Pond.”
“As the dean of the Jandoli School of Communication, it is exciting to hear the similarities and differences in the way journalists and journalism are viewed in the U.S. and across the pond,” Hoffmann said.
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