Speaker Series

The IU Media School Speaker Series gives students and area residents the opportunity to meet with some of the top media professionals in the country. In the past, the series brought speakers such as CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan, author Gay Talese, The New York Times’ David Brooks and Fox Sports’ Joe Buck to campus.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Fall 2015:

Dave Eggers, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, IU Auditorium

Dave Eggers (Courtesy photo)

Dave Eggers (Courtesy photo)

Dave Eggers is the author of 10 books, which include memoirs, novels and nonfiction investigative works. His first novel, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, reached No. 1 on The New York Times best-seller list and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Eggers is as well known for his social activism as for his writing, publishing a book series focused on human rights issues through his publishing company, McSweeney’s, and co-founding a network of tutoring centers around the country. Eggers’ appearance is co-sponsored by the Kelley School of Business Common Read Program, the Kelley Institute for Social Impact and the College Arts and Humanities Institute.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 23, Musical Arts Center

Ta-Nehisi Coates (Courtesy photo)

Ta-Nehisi Coates (Courtesy photo)

In 2014, The Root Magazine put journalist, blogger and author Ta-Nehisi Coates at the top of its annual list of most influential black leaders and achievers. Coates, who has contributed to publications such as The New York Times Magazine and currently writes for The Atlantic, is known for his un-apologetic commentary on the history and consistency of institutional racism in America. His newest book, Between the World and Me, was released in July and is a New York Times best-seller. This talk is co-sponsored by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs, and the College Arts and Humanities Institute.

Paula Kerger, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Paula Kerger (Courtesy photo)

Paula Kerger (Courtesy photo)

Paula Kerger has been the president and CEO of PBS since 2006, during which time she has overseen the broadcaster’s highest rated drama, Downton Abbey, and the expansion of its online and mobile platforms. She previously worked in development and administration for organizations including UNICEF, Metropolitan Opera Association and Educational Broadcasting Corporation.  She also serves as a director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Kerger’s visit is co-sponsored by WTIU.

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3, Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Saraya Sarhaddi Nelson (Courtesy photo)

Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson (Courtesy photo)

As an international correspondent for NPR, Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson has reported on the Arab world, Egypt’s new democracy and the inner workings of the everyday lives of Afghanis. Before joining NPR, Nelson wrote for the Los Angeles Times and several newspapers throughout New York and Virginia, and shared a Pulitzer Prize in 1997 for coverage of the 1996 TWA Flight 800 crash. She currently is based in Berlin covering Central Europe and can be heard on the programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

While at IU, Nelson will receive the 2015-16 Lee H. Hamilton Fellowship for Public Service, given by IU’s Center on Representative Government. Her visit is co-sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study.

Speaker archive:

 Eric DeggansWalt BogdanichMargaret Warner
Carolyn JonesKatherine BooJose Antonio VargasSonia Nazario
Sage SteeleRobert NickelsbergDavid IgnatiusBob Dotson
Andrew FergusonSeymour HershMaria HinojosaDavid Sanger
Rajiv ChandrasekaranByron PittsDavid MargolickKatharine Weymouth
Gay TaleseLara LoganThomas FriedmanDavid Brooks
Sheryl WuDunnJohn F. BurnsKen AulettaAnna Quindlen
Jeff ZaslowVivian SchillerJoe BuckJames Burke
Steve KroftSylvia NasarElizabeth GilbertNina Totenberg
Leonard DownieAndrea KoppelWilliam SafireMichael Beschloss
Bob Woodward
Lisa Ling
Ken PaulsonDavid Halberstam
Frank DefordAlexandra RobbinsChristopher HitchensMichele Norris


Profiles interviews

Many of our guests also have been interviewed on Profiles, the radio interview show on WFIU the Bloomington-area NPR affiliate.

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