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Journalists to give public talks as part of new Middlebury College program

October 7, 2004

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.-A Rolling Stone magazine editor, a co-founder of Salon.com, and an India-based freelance writer for such publications as Harper's will all give public talks this fall as part of a new program at Middlebury College.  Author Sue Halpern, a scholar in residence in English at the College, has organized the events as part of a new lecture series, "Meet the Press."  According to Halpern, the lectures are being presented under the auspices of the new Middlebury College Institute on Working Journalism, a program designed to bring workaday newsmakers-reporters, editors, critics, photojournalists, bloggers and editorialists-to the Middlebury campus. 

The speakers will not only give public talks, but also meet with Middlebury students interested in journalism careers.  Along with the three events this fall, Halpern is working on two more lectures for the spring.

The first of the three speakers will be Eric Bates, national political editor of Rolling Stone magazine.  Bates will give a talk titled "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail: Why the Presidential Race is so Ugly and How the Press is Making it Uglier" on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Room 220 of McCardell Bicentennial Hall on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125).   

On Monday, Oct. 25, Matthew Power, a 1996 Middlebury graduate and an India-based reporter for National Public Radio, Harpers, The Christian Science Monitor and other publications, will speak about "Dispatches from the Rubble: Encounters with Fixers, Spooks, Embeds and the Afghani Elvis" at 12:30 p.m. in the same location.  Lunch will be available. Lunch and the lecture are free but reservations are required.  Contact Martha Baldwin of the Middlebury College Rohatyn Center for International Affairs by Wednesday, Oct. 20, at baldwin@middlebury.edu or 802-443-5324.

Scott Rosenberg, managing editor and cofounder of Salon.com, will give a lecture titled "The Blogging of the President 2004: The View from Inside Online" on Monday, Nov. 8, at 4:30 p.m. in the Hemicycle in Warner Hall on College Street (Route 125).

The Institute on Working Journalism is an outgrowth of a journalism class that Halpern co-taught with her husband, author Bill McKibben, during the fall last year.  "We got a remarkably positive response to the two public lectures we offered as part of the course-one by the New Yorker magazine's Washington correspondent Jane Mayer, the other by Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, the best-selling author of "Random Family" and a New Yorker writer as well.  A number of faculty members wanted to see these kinds of talks continue on campus," said Halpern.

To follow are events calendar listings:

 

Middlebury College "Meet the Press" Series

 

Tuesday, Oct. 19

4:30 p.m.

Lecture: Eric Bates, national political editor of Rolling Stone magazine, will give a talk, "Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail: Why the Presidential Race is so Ugly and How the Press is Making it Uglier"

Room 220, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125)

Free

 

Monday, Oct. 25

12:30 p.m.

Lecture and lunch: Matthew Power, an India-based reporter for National Public Radio, Harpers, The Christian Science Monitor and other publications, will give a talk, "Dispatches from the Rubble: Encounters with Fixers, Spooks, Embeds and the Afghani Elvis"

Room 220, McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125)

Lunch and lecture free but reservations required; R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Oct. 20, to Martha Baldwin of Middlebury College Rohatyn Center for International Affairs, at baldwin@middlebury.edu or802-443-5324.

 

Monday, Nov. 8

4:30 p.m.

Lecture: Scott Rosenberg, managing editor and cofounder of Salon.com, will give a lecture titled "The Blogging of the President 2004: The View from Inside Online"

Hemicycle, Warner Hall, College Street (Route 125)

Free
 

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