December 1, 2010 — Video programs produced by the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs will air on Delta Air Lines flights beginning today.
In addition to its academic programs and conferences, the Miller Center produces dozens of speaker forums and debates each year. The programs will air on select Delta 777 jets, which fly both internationally and domestically. International destinations include Australia, China, Hong Kong, Israel, South Africa, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.
"I fly a lot, and while I enjoy existing programming, I felt there was also a need for serious programs that could inform and engage viewers about important policy issues and history," Gerald L. Baliles, director of the Miller Center, said. "I hope Delta passengers enjoy them as much as those who see them in person and watch them on public television."
The programs include the Miller Center Forum, which each year presents more than 60 speakers, such as government officials, scholars, historians and journalists. The speakers address a wide range of topics, including current public policy and political issues as well as history. The forums, held at the Miller Center, attract large audiences of students, faculty and community members.
Also among the programs seen on Delta will be the Miller Center's National Discussion and Debates Series, which brings together policymakers to debate the major issues of our time through vigorous yet civil discussions. The debates take place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., and are co-produced by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.
The Miller Center forums and debates also are broadcast on PBS stations across the country, including several Virginia stations:
• WCVE (Richmond/Petersburg) – Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
• WHRO (Norfolk) – Sundays at 4 p.m.
• WHTJ (Charlottesville) – Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
• WVPT (Harrisonburg) – Sundays at 1 p.m.