Upcoming events at the UC Berkeley J-School

Some great events for your Bay Area folks. -mia

SCREENING: "Between Two Worlds" a film produced by Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow

When: Wednesday, October 10,  7:00 PM

Where: Room 105 North Gate Hall

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS is a groundbreaking personal exploration of the community and family divisions that are redefining American Jewish identity and politics. The filmmakers' own families are battlegrounds over loyalty to Israel, interpretations of the Holocaust, intermarriage, and a secret communist past. Filmed in the United States and Israel, it explores the vital question:  Who speaks for a divided community at the crossroads?

Q&A with the producers to follow the screening.


"The film's graceful, seamless, thoroughly engaging blend of family and communal history is sure to stimulate thousands of provocative conversations about the challenges of Jewish identity in the post-Holocaust era."

-Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author & founding Editor, Ms. Magazine

"One of the best films I've ever seen about the contradictions of American Jewish life."
-Peter Beinart, author & journalist

Presented by the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, the Joint Degree Program in Jewish Studies at GTU and UC Berkeley, the Jewish Studies Program at GTU, J Street U and Berkeley Hillel

Iraq Ten Years Later: Forgotten Past and Brutal Present

When: Friday, October 12,  7:00 PM

Where: Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

An evening with Iraqi Journalist, Haider Hamza, and American journalist and author, David Harris, speaking on Iraq: "Iraq Ten Years Later: Forgotten Past and Brutal Present."

Best known for ShowTime’s This American Life: "Talk to an Iraqi ", Haider Hamza lived with his family near Babylon, south of Baghdad during the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. While in Iraq, Haider covered all the major events that took place in Iraq including the trials of Saddam Hussein.  Haider will speak about his experience in Iraq and the American public’s response to the war.  Haider is both knowledgeable and entertaining.  His lecture includes film clips from his road trip in America and a slide show of photos he took of post-war Iraq.  He will address the conflicts in Iraq since 2003 and the challenges that emerged after the U.S. troop withdrawal in 2011.

American Journalist and author of "THE CRISIS: The President, The Prophet, and the Shah; 1979 and the Coming of Militant Islam". David is Vice President of Citizens Reach Out and has been an advocate for anti-militarism since the Vietnam War.  David will present the background of the Iraq war and will introduce the work of Citizens Reach Out.

Christopher B. Daly | COVERING AMERICA: A Narrative History of a Nation's Journalism

When:  Wednesday, October 24,  12:00 PM

Where: North Gate Hall Library

Today many believe that American journalism is in crisis, with traditional sources of news under siege from a failing business model, a resurgence of partisanship, and a growing expectation that all information ought to be free. In Covering AmericaChristopher B. Daly places the current crisis within a much broader historical context, showing how it is only the latest in a series of transitions that have required journalists to devise new ways of plying their trade.

Christopher B. Daly is a veteran journalist with experience in wire services, newspapers, magazines, books and online. A Harvard graduate, he spent 10 years at the Associated Press. From 1989 to 1997, he covered New England for the Washington Post.

David Barstow | The Story Behind the $100 Million Story

When: Thursday, October 25,  7:00 PM

Where: Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center

In April, David Barstow described in The New York Times how Wal-Mart's highest executives covered up evidence of systematic bribery by Wal-Mart de Mexico, it's largest and most important foreign subsidiary. The story triggered investigations by the Justice Department, the SEC and Mexican authorities, along with at least a dozen lawsuits by Wal-Mart shareholders, including several major pension funds. Wal-Mart says it expects to spend at least $100 million this year alone handling the legal fall-out.

David Barstow, a senior writer at The New York Times, is the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes.

In 2009, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for "Message Machine," his series about the Pentagon’s secret campaign to influence coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2004, he and Lowell Bergman were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for articles about employers who committed egregious work place safety violations.

Mr. Barstow joined The Times in 1999 and has been a member of the newsroom’s investigative unit since 2002.

Prior to joining The New York Times, Mr. Barstow worked at The St. Petersburg Times in Florida, where he was a finalist for three Pulitzer Prizes. Before that, he worked at the Rochester Times-Union in upstate New York and the Green Bay Press-Gazette in Wisconsin. Mr. Barstow, a graduate of Northwestern University, grew up in Concord, Mass.

RSVP: juliehirano@berkeley.edu


Aluf Benn, Editor-in-Chief, Haaretz Daily Newspaper

When: Thursday, November 15,  6:00 PM

Where: North Gate Hall Library

Israeli journalist and author Aluf Benn on Israel – U.S. post-election relations, Israeli response to the Arab Spring and how journalism is changing in Israel.

During his 23 years at Haaretz, Aluf Benn covered six Israeli prime ministers from Yitzhak Rabin through Binyamin Netanyahu and reported on Israeli-Arab wars and peace efforts since the Oslo Accords in 1993.  In his roles as diplomatic correspondent, chief news editor and opinion editor at the paper he has become an expert on the country’s leadership, foreign policy and national security. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, and The Guardian.

Presented by Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Institute of Israeli Law Ethics and Society at UC Berkeley, the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest

2012 Presidential Election Recap

Co-sponsored by the University Library, the Media Studies Group major, the Institute of Governmental Studies and The Berkeley Political Review

When: Friday, November 16,  6:00 PM

Where: Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

The panel of experts will look at election results, voting patterns, the influence of money and digital technology, prospects for election reforms and, of course, what happens next.  

Ron Elving, MJ '79, Senior Washington Editor, NPR
Michelle Quinn, MJ '92, Silicon Valley-based technology correspondent, Politico
Lisa Garcia-Bedolla, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley and the Berkeley Graduate School of Education

David Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, Stanford University
Bruce Cain, Professor of Political Science, Stanford University

Moderated by Susan Rasky, Senior Lecturer, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

RSVP: juliehirano@berkeley.edu

********** EVENTS OF INTEREST **********

The Betrayal of the American Dream

Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele in Conversation

When: Wednesday, Oct. 17,  6 PM

Where: Marines' Memorial Club and Hotel (609 Sutter St. San Francisco)

Please join us for an evening of riveting conversation with Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, one of the most widely acclaimed investigative reporting teams in American journalism, and the only reporting team to have received two Pulitzer Prizes for newspaper reporting and two National Magazine Awards for magazine work.

Donald Barlett and James Steele have worked together for more than four decades, first at The Philadelphia Inquirer (1971-1997), where they won two Pulitzer Prizes and scores of other national journalism awards, then at Time magazine (1997-2006), where they earned two National Magazine Awards, becoming the first journalists to win both the Pulitzer Prize for newspaper work and its magazine equivalent for magazine reporting.  They are now at Vanity Fair as contributing editors. Barlett and Steele also have written eight books. Their new book, "The Betrayal of the American Dream," distills 30 years of their work chronicling the dismantling of the American middle class, told through raw numbers and real American life stories. For more information, please visit http://www.barlettandsteele.com.

Presented by the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Commonwealth Club of California


Julie Hirano
Event & Fundraising Coordinator
Graduate School of Journalism
121 North Gate Hall

University of California at Berkeley

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