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.

Spring 2018:

Aman Sethi, Hindustan Times

“Some Thoughts on Money”
6 p.m. Feb. 14, Global and International Studies Building Auditorium

Aman Sethi is associate editor at the Hindustan Times and former Africa correspondent for The Hindu. His book A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi received many accolades, including the Economist Crossword Book Award in 2011.

Dan Balz, The Washington Post

5:30 p.m. March 27, Global and International Studies Building Auditorium

Dan Balz is chief correspondent at The Washington Post. He joined the Post in 1978 and has covered politics throughout his career. He has authored four books, including two New York Times bestsellers. In addition to regular appearances on PBS’ Washington Week, Balz is a frequent guest on Sunday morning talk shows and other public affairs programs.

Mira Nair, filmmaker

7 p.m. April 12, IU Cinema

Mira Nair is an award-winning filmmaker whose work focuses on issues of identity, race, gender and cultural displacement. Her debut feature film, Salaam Bombay!, was nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign language film in 1988. Later films, including Monsoon Wedding and Mississippi Masala, received international acclaim. Her newest film, 2016’s Queen of Katwe, was named as a critics’ pick by The New York Times.

Speaker archive:

Margaret SullivanPaula Apsell and Douglas HamiltonBruce Joel RubinAsma Khalid
Peter HesslerEJ Dionne The Onion James Portnow
Fred de Sam LazaroGerould KernJad AbumradSoraya Sarhaddi  Nelson
Paula KergerTa-Nehisi CoatesDave EggersEric Deggans
Walt BogdanichMargaret WarnerCarolyn JonesKatherine Boo
Jose Antonio VargasSonia NazarioSage SteeleRobert Nickelsberg
David IgnatiusBob DotsonAndrew FergusonSeymour Hersh
Maria HinojosaDavid SangerRajiv ChandrasekaranByron Pitts
David MargolickKatharine WeymouthGay TaleseLara Logan
Thomas FriedmanDavid BrooksSheryl WuDunnJohn F. Burns
Ken AulettaAnna QuindlenJeff ZaslowVivian Schiller
Joe BuckJames BurkeSteve KroftSylvia Nasar
Elizabeth GilbertNina TotenbergLeonard DownieAndrea Koppel
William SafireMichael BeschlossBob Woodward
Lisa Ling
Ken PaulsonDavid HalberstamFrank DefordAlexandra Robbins
Christopher 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.

2011 Journalism Centennial Speaker Series Panels:


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