Upcoming events at the UC Berkeley J-School

The latest happenings at North Gate Hall – details below.


Basketball and Books

When: Thursday, February 10,  12:00 PM

Where: North Gate Hall Library

Three seasoned 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.
Tim 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.

The Future of Investigative Journalism

When: Wednesday, February 23,  12:00 PM

Where: North Gate Hall Library

As traditional news organizations drown in red ink, how can we sustain the critical work of investigative reporting?  There are some promising new models, including ProPublica, but will the future rely on private philanthropy?  What are the roles of private and public media in this work?  What new business models are evolving?  Where does the game changing Wikileaks fit in this landscape?  What about social media?  A conversation about the future of investigative reporting with:

Lowell Bergman
, Frontline
Daniel Zwerdling, National Public Radio
Megahnn Farnsworth, Center for Investigative Reporting/California Watch

Ellin O'Leary, Youth Radio
Jaxon Van Derbeken, The San Francisco Chronicle

Can Mainstream Journalism Survive? Making the Online Times Pay

When: Tuesday, March 1,  6:30 PM

Where: Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall

Gerald Marzorati, Assistant Managing Editor of the New York Times, for New Products and Strategies in conversation with Mark Danner, Chancellor's Professor of Journalism and Politics, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and Michael Pollan, John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism.

Opening Reception:
Photographs of South Africa in the 1950’s by Jurgen Schadeberg


A Book Signing and Public Lecture:

American Soldiers and Torture
Joshua Phillips and Mark Danner in conversation about None of Us Were Like This Before, a book by Joshua Phillips

When: Friday, March 4

Reception: 6:00 PM
Discussion: 7:00 PM

Where: North Gate Hall Room 105

Joshua E. S. Phillips and Mark Danner will explore how soldiers and senior officials came to believe that torture was permissible, effective, and necessary.  Danner and Phillips will also discuss the impact of abuse and torture on detainees and soldiers.

Mark Danner has produced some of the most important essays and books about U.S. policies that led to detainee abuse and torture during the “war on terror.”  His most recent books are Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib and the War on Terror and Stripping Bare the Body: Politics Violence War. He is Chancellor's Professor of Journalism and Politics at UC Berkeley.

Based on first-hand reports from the Middle East and Afghanistan, and years of interviewing ordinary soldiers, Joshua E.S. Phillips’s new book None of Us Were Like This Before explores how troops turned to torture and presents a shattering record of the impact of detainee abuse and torture on detainees and America’s veterans.

Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up
A screening and discussion with director Saul Landau and associate-producer Julia Landau

When: Thursday, March 10,  6:00 PM

Where: North Gate Hall Library

"Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up" is a new film by award-winning director Saul Landau about US-Cuba relations, The Cuban 5, and Miami terrorist groups who have attacked Cuba.

Saul Landau has produced over forty films. He has received numerous awards; including an Emmy with Jack Willis for "Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang"; the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award; the George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting; and the First Amendment Award.  Landau received an Edgar Allen Poe Award for Assassination on Embassy Row, an investigative book about the 1976 murders of Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier and his colleague, Ronni Moffitt.

He is a senior fellow at and vice chair of the Institute for Policy Studies. In 2008, the Chilean government presented him with the Bernardo O'Higgins Award for his human rights work.

Extended trailer can be viewed here.

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Doug Merlino reads and discusses The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White

When: Thursday, February 10,  7:30 PM

Where:  Pegasus Books Downtown Berkeley (2349 Shattuck Avenue)

Doug Merlino (MJ 2003) will read and discuss The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White. Merlino was part of a mid-80's, league-winning basketball team constructed for its diversity. He follows up with his teammates in this study of privilege, opportunity, race and class.

Event Contact:

RELATED EVENT: Doug Merlino at Book Passage (Corte Madera)

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