The Issues : *** SUCCESSFUL EVENT! ***
Thanks to our impassioned and spectacularly prepared speakers for an important conversation about media, democracy and the preservation of our rights.
OUR DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS:
The Rise of the Total Surveillance State
and the War on a Free Press
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Former US President Jimmy Carter recently declared that "America at the moment does not have a functioning democracy.” With the revelations of the NSA's indiscriminate surveillance of US citizens, and the Obama Administration's War on Whistleblowers, this point has a lot of support. Chicago Area Peace Action is sponsoring an urgent conversation on these intertwined topics of surveillance, the free press, and democracy, at North Park University.
Thursday, August 29th at 7:30 PM, come to Anderson Chapel at North Park University to see nationally renowned speakers Robert McChesney, Heidi Boghosian, John Nichols and Robert Jensen discuss the meaning of the democracy and press freedom in this new age of surveillance. Robert Jensen will appear via Skype.
Thursday August 29th | 7:30 PM | Anderson Chapel at North Park University | 5137 North Spaulding Avenue, Chicago 60625
Robert McChesney is an internationally published media critic, scholar, and activist. A professor at the University of Urbana-Champaign, his work concentrates on the history and political economy of communication, emphasizing the role media play in democratic and capitalist societies. McChesney has a particular interest in the state of journalism, and the relationship of media systems and structures to effective self-governance. He is the co-founder of Free Press, a national media reform organization.
Heidi Boghosian is Executive Director of the National Lawyers' Guild, and the author of Spying On Democracy. She is the co-host of the weekly civil liberties radio show Law and Disorder on Pacifica's WBAI in New York and over 40 national affiliates. She received her JD from Temple University Beasley School of Law where she was the editor-in-chief of the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review.
John Nichols is an American journalist and author. He is Washington correspondent for The Nation and associate editor of The Capital Times. Books authored or co-authored by Nichols include: The Genius of Impeachment and The Death and Life of American Journalism.
Robert Jensen (appearing at the event via Skype) is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin College of Communication. He joined the faculty in 1992 after completing his Ph.D. in media law and ethics in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in media law, ethics, and politics.
In his research, Jensen draws on a variety of critical theories. As a strong feminist, Jensen has focused much of his work on the radical feminist critique of pornography and of masculinity. He also has written about white privilege and institutional racism.
Free parking is available in North Park University
lots on Kedzie Avenue, south of Foster. The
Foster Avenue #92 and California #93 buses
stop at Spaulding Avenue. The Kimball-Homan
#82 bus stops at Foster Avenue. The Kimball
and Kedzie/Spaulding stations of the Brown
Line are within walking distance of the campus.
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