September 18, 2008

Modern Media Censorship Lectures Examine the Omission of Information

The Modern Media Censorship Lecture Series examines the nature of news distribution in the United States and considers the potential for censorship in the most powerful media system that has ever existed. The series meets on alternate Thursdays throughout the Fall semester in Darwin 103 at 7:15 p.m.

The series provides a forum for working investigative journalists and researchers in the country today, allowing them to give an "insider's perspective" on the hard-hitting news reports that fall through the cracks of the mass media in the US.

These independent reporters have agreed to participate in a series of lectures aimed, not at 'blaming the media," but at taking the time to examine the dysfunctions that plague the entire system.

The lectures seek to expand and deepen the conversation about news prioritization, self-censorship, pressure from advertisers, and the role of other influential players; and to look at the efforts being taken to create a truly informed citizenry.

The lectures are free for all SSU students, faculty and staff, and season tickets are available for $50 (includes all discussions and bonus lectures). For individual lectures, tickets cost $5 prepaid or $10 at the door.

A complete schedule includes:

Thursday, Sept. 25

Joshua Holland - Freelance Journalist -"Iraq death toll rivals Rwanda genocide, Cambodian killing fields" (Alternet)

Marcy Wheeler - Freelance Journalist - "Down The Rabbit Hole (When it comes to surveillance and the treatment of classified information, President Bush is making up the rules as he goes along)" (The Guardian UK)

Thursday, Oct. 9

Lindsay Beyerstein - Freelance Journalist - "Examining the Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act" (In These Times)

Thursday, Oct. 23

Mary Bauer - Research Director, Southern Poverty Law Center - "Close to Slavery: Guestworker Programs in the United States" (co-written with Sarah Reynolds) (Southern Poverty Law Center)

Felicia Mello, Freelance Journalist - "Coming to America" (Rangel calls H-2 visa programs "the closest thing I've ever seen to slavery") (The Nation)

Thursday, Nov. 6

Michael Schwartz, Professor of Global Studies, University of New York at Stony Brook - "Is the United States Killing 10,000 Iraqis Every Month? Or Is It More?" (Alternet)

Wes Enzinn, Freelance journalist - NACLA Report on the Americas: "Another SOA?: A Police Academy in El Salvador Worries Critics"

Thursday, Nov. 13

Dahr Jamail, Freelance Journalist --"Iraq: Not Our Country to Return to" and "Occupation Strangles Farmers" (Inter Press Service)

Thursday, Nov. 20

Jacob Wheeler - Freelance Journalist - "El Salvador's Patriot Act" (In These Times)

Ben Dangl- Freelance Journalist and Founder, Upside Down World - "ILEA: US Restarting Dirty Wars in Latin America" (AlterNet)

Thursday, Dec. 4

Matthew Rothschild - Freelance Journalist and Editor -Progressive magazine - "Exclusive! The FBI Deputizes Business (the Infragard alliance)" and "Bush's Executive Order on Lebanon Even Worse than the One on Iraq" (the Progressive)

Thursday, Dec. 11

Antonia Juhasz - Foreign Policy Analyst - On "The Tyranny of Oil."

Visit for schedule, bios, and new developments. For further information, call (707) 664-3160, or e-mail or

Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057