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Sierra College Insights to present ‘A Brief History of the Media’

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What: A Brief History of the Media: Effects on American Politics and Society

Who: Taylor Tiraterra, Sierra College history instructor

When: Friday, Oct. 11-6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7-8:15 p.m. program

Where: Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee, 11001 College Trail, Truckee

How: Reservations accepted beginning Sept. 16 at 530-550-2290.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — How has communication between politicians and the electorate evolved from Colonial America to modern times?

How have newspapers, radio, television and the Internet impacted both the quality and type of messages people throughout the United States receive? How does our current media climate benefit and harm the current course of politics?

These questions and more will be addressed in a discussion between history instructor Taylor Tiraterra and Sierra College Insights’ participants on Oct. 11.

The presentation includes audio-visuals, including excerpts from speeches, radio spots and televised debate vignettes. Tiraterra promises to enlighten the conversation by pointing out the attributes required of politicians during colonial America when voter turnout hovered between 70 and 80 percent.

He will also delve into the influence radio has had on American politics and share the voices of past presidents of the United States as well as a possible video clip from the Kennedy and Nixon debate.

Tiraterra, a well-regarded and especially well-liked instructor, has a Masters degree with an emphasis in American History from Sacramento State. He prides himself on having an appreciation for differing viewpoints of historical events. This semester he is teaching history of the United States from its origins to 1877 and world history to 1500.

“Tiraterra offers teens and adults the chance to gain insights and perspective on a topic many of us do not regularly discuss. Whether you are or are not well-versed on American media and politics, our October program will engage participants in a fascinating and memorable evening discussion,” said Dr. Kim Bateman, Executive Dean of Sierra College, Tahoe-Tahoe.

Sierra College Insights offers participants a moderated and respectful environment.

Reservations will be accepted beginning Sept. 16 for the Oct. 11 presentation.

Call 530-550-2290 with your name, the number of people in your party and phone number. Space is limited to 60 attendees. For up-to-date campus information visit


Sept. 13: A Guided Walk in the Woods with Greg Hackett, full, a similar program will be offered in September 2014

Oct. 11: A Brief History of the Media: The effects on American politics and society with history instructor Taylor Tiraterra

Nov. 15: Printmaking with artist and drawing and design instructor Pam McAdoo (Limited to 25)

Jan. 31: Sir Edmund Hillary, the Dalai Lama and Miss Nepal: Unexpected encounters in Nepal presented by instructors Eve Quesnel, Derek Larson and Pam McAdoo

Feb. 7: “Three million dollars for 30 seconds: Are Super Bowl ads worth it?” with Kurt Heisinger, CPA, MBA

March 14: Positive Psychology: Unlocking the secrets to optimal well being with psychology and personal development instructor Christopher Old, LMFT

April 11: The use of movement in praise of the divine: An examination of dance used as a form of prayer with dance choreographer and yoga instructor Jennie Pitts-Knipe

May 9: On ugly ducklings and cross-eyed hens: Living in the gender fringe with Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee Executive Dean Dr. Kim Bateman, Ph.D.

Campus opens at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and socializing and the program takes place from 7 to 8:15 p.m.


Sierra College Insights is an interactive academic event series designed for inquisitive community members. Each month an expert will facilitate an out of the ordinary presentation on the Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee campus located at 11001 College Trail in Truckee. Students, residents and visitors are welcome to attend. Complimentary refreshments and time for socializing precede each event. For more information, visit or e-mail

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