Hoyt Purvis Named 2016 Roy Reed Lecturer

Veteran Arkansas Journalist, Professor Hoyt Purvis to Address J-Days Audience

purvis1[1]Hoyt Purvis, longtime journalism and international relations professor, will address students, friends and colleagues as part of the Journalism Days 61th Anniversary sponsored by the Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism. The Roy Reed Lecture Series keynote speaker will speak on Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the University of Arkansas Janelle Y. Hembree Alumni House.

Hoyt Purvis’ distinguished career includes roles as press secretary and special assistant to Sen. J.W. Fulbright, as foreign and defense policy adviser/counsel to Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd, and as a senior lecturer at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He accompanied Sen. Byrd and Senate delegations on a number of international trips and meetings with foreign leaders including China, Soviet Union, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Jordan, Syria, Morocco, Turkey, Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Japan, and Panama. He assisted Sen. Fulbright in his responsibilities as a member of the boards of the Smithsonian Institution and Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and he worked on legislation to establish the Buffalo National River.

Purvis was appointed by President Clinton to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which supervises the global Fulbright Exchange Program. He served on that board for 10 years, including three as chairman.

His career with the University of Arkansas spans more than three decades and includes serving as a professor of journalism and as founder and director for the International Relations major. He has received numerous honors for teaching, mentoring and public service, including the National Outstanding Faculty Award from Phi Beta Delta, honor society for international scholars, and a U.S. Department of State citation for service to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and Department of State.

Purvis also received the University of Arkansas Honors College Distinguished Faculty Award and the Faculty Gold Medal for mentoring.

He has written books and contributed articles on a wide array of topics including international relations, Congress and U.S foreign policy, civil rights, politics, media and sports. Voices of the Razorbacks: A History of Arkansas’s Iconic Sports Broadcasters, which he co-authored with Stanley Sharp was published by Butler Center for Arkansas History in. 2013. He has been a regular panelist on Arkansas Week, a weekly public affairs discussion program hosted by the Arkansas Educational Television Network, since 1985.