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Northwestern University has received gifts totaling $4 million.

Northwestern University has received gifts totaling $4 million to establish an endowment for a new named professorship at Northwestern University School of Law in honor of Newton N. Minow, a Northwestern alumnus, life trustee and professor emeritus. The gifts will also be used to establish the Newton N. Minow Debates at the School of Law.

The endowment is funded by a consortium of Minow's personal friends, fellow Northwestern alumni and colleagues at Sidley Austin LLP, where Minow is senior counsel.

The Minow Debates will likely be held at the School of Law every other year and will engage outside experts, law school faculty and students in debate on legal topics. Minow is the originator of the televised U.S. presidential debates, which inspired the idea to honor his legacy with a permanent debate program at his alma mater.

In 1961, while serving as Federal Communications Commission chairman, Minow referred to television as a "vast wasteland" in a landmark speech. Appointed by President John F. Kennedy to the Federal Communications Commission in the early 1960s, Minow drafted legislation that expanded the broadcast spectrum and promoted the implementation of communication satellite technology.

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Title Annotation:grants and gifts
Publication:Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U3IL
Date:May 8, 2014
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