Journos to talk race in Ohio

Soledad O'Brien visits Ohio Feb. 20.

Soledad O’Brien visits Athens, Ohio, Feb. 20.

Kudos to the JRN and COM programs at Ohio University for booking CNN veteran Soledad O’Brien to talk about race on campus Feb. 20.Sponsored by the Scripps College of Communication, the E.W.  Scripps  School of Journalism and the School of Communication Studies, O’Brien continues to produce “Black in America” documentaries for CNN.

“When my colleague Justice Hill first told me we might be able to bring Soledad O’Brien to campus, I realized it was a great opportunity for the journalism faculty and our students to be part of this conversation,” Robert Stewart, director of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism,  said in this piece.O’Brien is hosting town-hall conversations throughout February – Black History Month – to share her own professional and life experiences with audiences.  Her “Black in America” effort premiered on CNN in 2008 as a multi-part series of documentaries covering issues, challenges and culture of African Americans across the country.

My employer, meanwhile, will feature three journalists this spring talking about race-related topics. The Miami University Lecture Series Committee will bring in Juan Williams and Charlayne Hunter-Gault Feb. 26 for a panel discussion called “Freedom Summer: The Voting Rights Act and the Political Realities of 2014.” On March 17, Jose Antonio Vargas, lately of the Washington Post, will be in Oxford to present “Define America: Let’s Talk About Immigration.”

See details for the Feb. 26 event at http://www.units.muohio.edu/lecture/lectures/freedomsummer.php. For more on the March 17 event go to http://www.units.muohio.edu/lecture/lectures/vargas.php.

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