Nationally-syndicated film critics Michael Medved and Jeffrey Lyons will make a free public appearance as part of the Hanover College Capstone Speaker Series. The former hosts of the long-running PBS series "Sneak Previews" will discuss movies and their impact on American culture at 7 p.m. today in Parker Auditorium.

The appearance by Medved and Lyons supports the Hanover Capstone's examination of "Forging an American Identity: At Home and Abroad," throughout its 2009-10 series.

Admission is free, but tickets are required to enter the auditorium. Seat reservations are available by calling (812) 866-7356.

A book signing and meet-and-greet will follow the presentation during a reception in the main lobby of the Science Center.

Medved is a nationally syndicated radio host and best-selling author, and is a veteran film critic. His daily three-hour radio broadcast, launched in 1996, is one of the top political talk shows in the U.S. and reaches more than five million listeners on more than 200 stations across the country.

In addition to spending 12 years as co-host of "Sneak Previews" on PBS-TV, Medved is the author of 12 non-fiction books. His columns on media, politics and society appear regularly in USA Today. He is a frequent guest on talk shows, including "Larry King Live," "Nightline," "Oprah," "Late Night with David Letterman" and "Good Morning America."

Lyons has reviewed more than 12,000 films during his 40-year career as a film critic. He started co-hosting "Sneak Previews" in 1982 and since 1996 has appeared on "MSNBC at the Movies" and "Reel Talk." He also has reviewed more than 1,000 Broadway plays and conducted interviews with virtually every major star since 1970.

In addition to his television work, Lyons has written "101 Great Movies For Kids" and three baseball trivia books. He is the father of Ben Lyons, film critic on E! Television and, this year, served as the Academy Awards' first official backstage Twitter correspondent.