Upcoming events at the UC Berkeley J-School

Some great events coming up at the UC Berkeley J-School. Details below.


The Future of Music Journalism: Computer or Curator?

When: Wednesday, February 2,  6:00 PM

Where: North Gate Hall Library

Critics and tastemakers have been talking about, reviewing, and exposing music to the masses for generations. With the advent of sophisticated algorithms, computer programs such as Pandora and Apple Genius are now suggesting new or unusual music for listeners.

Our panelists debate "algorithms and blues" — whether technology has freed listeners from music journalists — or made them more valuable than ever.

Tim Westergren, Founder, Pandora
Doug Brod, Editor-in-Chief, Spin
Joel Selvin, Senior Pop Music Critic, San Francisco Chronicle

Niema Jordan, Executive Editor, 38th Notes

Moderated by Ben Manilla, lecturer at the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Basketball and Books

When: Thursday, February 10,  12:00 PM

Where: North Gate Hall Library

Three guests talk about reporting on the sport and its impact on race, education and society.

George Dohrmann, investigative reporter for Sports Illustrated and author of Play The Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruiter, and the Youth Basketball Machine.

Tm Keown, a senior writer for ESPN the Magazine and author of several books, including Skyline One Season, One Team, One City.
Doug Merlino, a North Gate alum and author of the newly released Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White.

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Fred Korematsu Day Celebration

When: Sunday, January 30,  2:00 PM

Where:  Wheeler Auditorium

The program includes keynote speaker Reverend Jesse Jackson, spoken word artist Beau Sia, as well as tributes from Karen Korematsu, California Assembly Members Warren Furutani and Marty Block.  

Tickets available now!

Click here for more details.  

Event Contact: info@korematsuinstitute.org | (415) 848-7727

Doing Dance Criticism

Friday, January 28,  4:00 PM

Where:  Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room (315)

Four of the nation's leading dance writers will discuss the roles and responsibilities of the critic and the changing nature of arts journalism.

Sarah Kaufman, dance critic for The Washington Post, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.
Wendy Lesser, editor of The Threepenny Review, regularly writes about dance, music, and opera. She is the author of eight books, including The Amateur: An Independent Life in Letters and Nothing Remains the Same: Rereading and Remembering.

John Rockwell, former dance critic, music critic, and editor of The New York Times Arts and Leisure section, is the board chairman of the National Arts Journalism Program.
Lewis Segal, formerly the staff dance critic for the Los Angeles Times, is a freelance arts writer based in Hollywood and Barcelona.

Event Contact: mpugh@berkeley.edu

Civil Liberties in the Age of Obama

When: Thursday, February 3,  4:00 PM

Where: Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

Glenn Greenwald is a US lawyer, columnist, blogger, and author. Greenwald worked as a constitutional and civil rights litigator prior to becoming a contributor (columnist and blogger) to Salon.com, where he focuses on political and legal topics. He has also contributed to other newspapers and political news magazines.

Greenwald is the author of three books: How Would a Patriot Act? (2006) and A Tragic Legacy (2007), both New York Times bestsellers; and Great American Hypocrites (2008).

In March 2009 he was selected, along with Democracy Now's Amy Goodman, as the recipient of the first annual Izzy Award by the Park Center for Independent Media, an award named after famed independent journalist I.F."Izzy" Stone and devoted to rewarding excellence in independent journalism. The selection panel cited Greenwald's "pathbreaking journalistic courage and persistence in confronting conventional wisdom, official deception and controversial issues."

Event Contact: iis@berkeley.edu

Julie Hirano
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