This three-year program, made possible by a grant from the Knight Foundation, will bring journalists to campus to give public lectures and speak in classes. They will meet with students and aspiring journalists to explore and develop the themes raised by that year's winner of Colby's Lovejoy Award for courageous journalism.
April 24, 2011 - April 28, 2011
Investigative Reporter, The Clarion Ledger
Public Lecture: Tales of Justice and Reconciliation in Mississippi: A reporter's journey into the Klan and unpunished killings from the civil rights era
7:00 PM on April 25, 2011 in Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Jerry Mitchell is an investigative reporter for The Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi, who convinced authorities to re-open 'cold cases' from the civil rights era. Inspired by the film Mississippi Burning, Mitchell's investigations have led to the conviction of several Klansmen, and he was portrayed in the film Ghosts of Mississippi about
the murder of Medgar Evers and the belated effort to bring Byron de la
Beckwith to justice. Mitchell is also a 2009 recipient of MacArthur
Foundation genius grant and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Colby
and honored with the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award for courage in
journalism in 2006.
April 11, 2011 - April 13, 2011
Reporter, The New York Times
Public Lecture: The WikiLeaks Story: Technology, Secrecy and the Right to Know
7:00 PM on April 11, 2011 in Diamond 122
Scott Shane, national security reporter for the Washington Bureau of The New York Times, will speak about his experience as part of the team that broke the WikiLeaks story in Fall 2010.
March 14, 2011 - March 17, 2011
Special Correspondent, Vanity Fair
Public Lecture: Up Against the Power of Fame - Confronting the spin, the resistance, and the pushback to deliver the truth
7:00 PM on March 14, 2011 in Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Maureen Orth will share her stories and experiences interviewing the rich and powerful, from Michael Jackson to Vladimir Putin.
November 9, 2009 - November 12, 2009
Public Lecture: Obama: Has the Color of the President Changed the Character of Media?
7:00 PM on November 9, 2009 in Ostrove Auditorium
As the first African American President of the United States, Barak Obama has already made an indelible impact on the Oval Office. His Administration is also approaching the media in new and unique ways, but does the President's race affect how he is covered by the media?
September 28, 2009 - October 1, 2009
Public Lecture: How Newspapers’ Decline Will Affect Citizens and Democracy
7:00 PM on September 29, 2009 in Ostrove Auditorium
Listen to this lecture
On Tuesday, September 29th Paul Steiger spoke to a packed crowd in
Ostrove Auditorium about the implications for our democratic system as
journalism jobs are cut and newspapers' budgets are slashed.