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February 19th, 2010
Former Kennedy aides to be spotlighted at Texas State

021610usekennTwo former Kennedy aides, Melody Miller and Bob Mann, will speak during Communications Week at Texas State. Left to right: John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Ted Kennedy.


The Department of Communication Studies at Texas State will open Communication Week with featured speakers Melody Miller and Bob Mann.

Communication Week will be next week, Feb. 22-26.

Miller is a former special aide to President John F. Kennedy, New York Senator Robert Kennedy and Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy. Mann is a Texas State faculty member and former press secretary to Senator Ted Kennedy. They will speak on Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. in the Centennial Hall Teaching Theatre.

The week will feature 18 lectures, workshops and presentations that are free and open to the public

“We are very excited to have Melody Miller speak to our students,” said Steven Beene, who chairs the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State. “Her personal knowledge of the Kennedy family as well as her wealth of experience as a communicator, speech writer and Kennedy spokesperson will make political communication come alive for our students. This outstanding program, along with all of the Communication Week events, gives our students and the community an opportunity to focus on the power and importance of human communication in our lives.”

In another featured event, Peter Bay, artistic director and conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, will discuss the topic “Communicating Stories Without Words: Music As Narrative,” with music professors Ian Davidson and Gordon Jones. The discussion will be on Feb. 22 at Recital Hall in the Music Building.

On Feb. 26, Charles Stewart, Professor Emeritus of Communication at Purdue University, “Communication, Ethics and the Career Search” as a convocation address at 3:30 p.m. in Centennial Hall room GO1. The presentation of the Outstanding Communications Alumni award to Eric Timmerman will take place at the convocation. Timmerman is an expert and researcher in organizational communication who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Timmerman will lecture on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m on “Communication and Technology for the 21st Century” at Centennial Hall, room 103.

Also featured as a speaker is Joel Heck, Professor of Theology at Concordia University and the executive editor of Concordia University Press. He is the author of numerous books, including Irrigating Desserts and C.S. Lewis on Education. His lecture topic is “The Making of a Rhetoritician: The Education of C.S. Lewis.” He will speak at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in Centennial Hall, room GO2.

A complete schedule of events can be found at Participants are cautioned that some events have  limited seating capacity.

Attendees wishing to bring students from off-campus must contact Communication Studies Chair Steven Beebe at (512) 245-2165 or email him at

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  1. As chairman for the Kennedy Society of Denmark I exchanged emails with Melody Miller in 2004 and I would like to get the possibility to do it again.
    I have the question if she in any way communicated with John F. Kennedy about his great speech at January 20,1961.
    I called it the Speech of the Century and brought it in full in my book
    “Kennedy’s Philosophy of LIFE Revolution of Love and Visions of Peace.”
    This speech will became 50 years at January 20, 2011.
    My email is:

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