Eugene, Ore. (15 May 2012) – New York Times “Currents” columnist and author Anand Giridharadas will address journalism in the digital age on May 17, 2012 at the University of Oregon. Giridharadas is this year’s speaker at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication’s annual Ruhl Lecture, which brings an American journalist to campus for a public lecture on an issue of significance for contemporary journalism.
The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required and is available online at journalism.uoregon.edu/reg. The lecture will be held at 4 PM on Thursday, May 17 at EMU Ballroom, located in the Erb Memorial Union (1228 University of Oregon, Eugene).
About Anand Giridharadas
Anand Giridharadas is an author and columnist, writing about a world in transition as seen through the lens of culture. He writes the “Currents” column for The New York Times and its global edition, the International Herald Tribune and also writes for The New York Times Magazine. He is the author of India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking, about returning to the India his parents left. He has reported from India, China, Norway, Haiti, Brazil, Colombia, Nigeria, and the United States on subjects ranging from poverty to democracy to terrorism to the social consequences of technology.
About the Ruhl Lecture
The Robert and Mabel Ruhl Endowment, which has supported an annual Ruhl Lecture at the School of Journalism and Communication since 1974, was established by Mabel W. Ruhl, Robert’s widow, to “foster mutually beneficial contact between the School of Journalism and Communication and the mass media.” It honors Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert W. Ruhl, who was for many years one of Oregon’s most respected newspaper journalists. Ruhl, who died in 1967, was editor and publisher of the Medford Mail Tribune. He performed his duties with a high sense of responsibility to the public and with uncompromising ethics. In one instance, he wrote a series of editorials against a government reform group that was inciting unrest in the area. The paper’s editorials won the 1934 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished and meritorious public service.
About the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication
The University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) produces outstanding writers, editors, digital media makers, strategists, and critical thinkers by providing a program grounded in ethics, innovation, and social responsibility. Students hone their skills while participating in award-winning student media such as Flux, Mosaic, and Oregon News, and more than 10 student groups, including Allen Hall Advertising, Allen Hall Public Relations and the National Broadcasters Association. In addition to learning from an accomplished and diverse faculty, students have unparalleled opportunities to network and learn from experienced industry professionals. The SOJC hosts the annual Journalists- and Executives-in-Residence programs, as well annual events including the Ancil Payne Awards for Ethics in Journalism, the Hulteng Conversations in Ethics, and the annual Johnston and Ruhl Lectures. The school counts nine Pulitzer Prize winners among its more than 9,000 graduates. journalism.uoregon.edu
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