Release Date: March 12, 2004
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Minifie lecturer focuses on values, meaning and the media
Evan Solomon - co-host of the weekly current affairs newsmagazine show 'CBC News: Sunday,' and host of CBC Newsworld's weekly show about print culture called HotType - will deliver the University of Regina School of Journalism's 2004 Minifie Lecture on Wednesday, March 17, 7:30 p.m., in the Education Auditorium. The title of his lecture is "Values, Meaning and Feeding the Beast Called Media."

In addition to his role with CBC Solomon is co-founder of the Ingenuity Project, which brings together the best and the brightest minds in order to uncover practical solutions to the problems facing the world. This year the project title is "Fueling the Future: How the Battle Over Energy Is Changing Everything."

The book, published by Anansi is currently a bestseller and in its second print run. CBC Newsworld, Maclean's Magazine and CBC Radio's program Ideas, are all partners in the series.

Solomon is co-founder and former editor-in-chief (1992-1999) of the award winning Shift Magazine, an international magazine about technology and culture. He is also the author of the best-selling novel "Crossing the Distance," published by McClelland & Stewart in April 1999.

He has hosted and produced many television shows including Future World, which won the 1998 Gemini for "Best Lifestyle/Information Series." He has also hosted CBC Newsworld's ChangeMakers and the PBS series Masters of Technology, and is currently a writer on the Family Channel's television animation series "Henry's World". His last episode was called "Darwin for A Day." He also has two children's books coming out with Penguin Books in the fall of 2004 called "Nathaniel McDaniel and the Magic Attic."

Solomon speaks regularly in Canada and the United States on issues of culture, media, technology and education. He contributes to newspapers, magazines, radio and television shows around the country, including The Current, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Toronto Life and Outdoor Canada. Hesits on McGill University's Arts Advisory Board.

He has a BA in English literature and religious studies and a masters degree in religious studies from McGill. He lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter.

The annual Minifie lecture is named after James M. Minifie, one of Canada's most courageous and illustrious journalists. Born in Burton-on-Trent, England in 1900, Minifie was the son of a hay and feed dealer who joined the adventurous pioneers then emigrating from England to Canada in 1909. The family homesteaded at Vanguard, near Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Minifie talked his way into the Canadian Army at the age of 16, serving in Europe during the First World War. On his return to Canada he attended Regina College, forerunner of the University of Regina, and went on to the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in 1923. He studied further at Oriel College at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and finished his education at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Minifie's journalism career began in 1929 when he joined the staff of the New York Herald Tribune as a reporter, subsequently becoming its Paris correspondent. During the Spanish Civil War, he was captured by Franco's forces, and returned to Paris when released. Later, he went to Rome to report on Benito Mussolini, the Italian dictator.

In the Second World War, Minifie reported the Battle of Britain from London. He lost an eye while watching an air raid during the Blitz when he was hit by shattered glass from the blast of a German bomb. Transferred to Washington, he joined the Office of Strategic Services and at war's end was awarded the American Medal of Freedom for his contributions to the Allied cause.

Minifie had a long association with the CBC as its Washington correspondent. For 15 years, first on radio, then on television, he built up a large following of devoted listeners.

He wrote several highly regarded books before being overtaken by illness in 1968. He died in 1974.

In June 1980, the James M. Minifie Fund was set up to help support the School of Journalism at the University of Regina. The fund has provided the school with modern facilities for classes in all aspects of journalism.

Previous Minifie lecturers include: Knowlton Nash, Pamela Wallin, Clark Davey, June Callwood, William Stevenson. Arthur Kent, Charles Lynch, Valerie Pringle, Joe Schlesinger, Peter Mansbridge, Helen Hutchinson, Lloyd Robertson, Allan Fotheringham, Rex Murphy, Ann Medina, Adrienne Clarkson, Peter Gzowski, Wendy Mesley, Patrick Watson, Linden MacIntyre, Eric Malling, Haroon Siddiqui, and Alanna Mitchell.