Speaker Series

Prepare to be challenged and inspired.

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 authors Dave Eggers and 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 2018:

James Neff, Philadelphia Media Network

6 p.m. Oct. 25, Franklin Hall commons

James Neff is the deputy managing editor of the Philadelphia Media Network. He has edited three Pulitzer Prize-winning stories and was a finalist himself for the 18-part series “The Terrorist Within” in 2003. He is the author of several books, including Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy versus Jimmy Hoffa.

Michael Schultz, filmmaker

7 p.m. Nov. 9, IU Cinema

Michael Schultz is a director and producer of television, film and theater. Between 1970 and 1990, he directed more than a dozen feature films, including To Be Young, Gifted and Black and Car Wash. He also has extensive television credits, directing episodes for popular series such as Black-ish, The O.C. and Arrow. He has been recognized by the American Black Film Festival and Cannes for his film work.

Elena Volochine, France 24 Moscow bureau chief

6 p.m. Nov. 27, Franklin Hall commons

Elena Volochine is an international journalist and documentary filmmaker and the Moscow bureau chief for France 24, a Paris-based news operation that broadcasts in French, English and Arabic to 250 million households around the world. She has produced reports and feature stories for several francophone TV and radio stations, covering Russia and the former Soviet Bloc. In 2016, Volochine co-directed Oleg’s Choice, a film that gave the personal perspective of two young Russian volunteers during the conflict in the Ukraine. Volochine will speak about propaganda and the war on media.

Speaker archive:

Mira NairDan BalzAman SethiMargaret Sullivan
Paula Apsell and Douglas HamiltonBruce Joel RubinAsma KhalidPeter Hessler
EJ Dionne The Onion James PortnowFred de Sam Lazaro
Gerould KernJad AbumradSoraya Sarhaddi  NelsonPaula Kerger
Ta-Nehisi CoatesDave EggersEric DeggansWalt Bogdanich
Margaret WarnerCarolyn JonesKatherine BooJose Antonio Vargas
Sonia NazarioSage SteeleRobert NickelsbergDavid Ignatius
Bob DotsonAndrew FergusonSeymour HershMaria Hinojosa
David SangerRajiv ChandrasekaranByron PittsDavid Margolick
Katharine WeymouthGay TaleseLara LoganThomas Friedman
David BrooksSheryl WuDunnJohn F. BurnsKen Auletta
Anna QuindlenJeff ZaslowVivian SchillerJoe Buck
James BurkeSteve KroftSylvia NasarElizabeth Gilbert
Nina TotenbergLeonard DownieAndrea KoppelWilliam Safire
Michael BeschlossBob Woodward
Lisa Ling
Ken Paulson
David HalberstamFrank DefordAlexandra RobbinsChristopher Hitchens
Michele Norris


Profiles interviews

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

2011 Journalism Centennial Speaker Series Panels:


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