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THE MEDIA CENSORED? UC BERKELEY JOURNALISM DEAN TO SPEAK AT AU
AUBURN - Award-winning journalist Orville Schell will speak on censorship
and the media in the AU Hotel and Conference Center Auditorium at 4 p.m.
on Thursday, April 6th. Schells talk winds up the semester-long
The Nuisance of Freedom series on censorship sponsored by
the AU College of Liberal Arts.
Schell, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, will
address the medias critical role in public life and the factors
that shape that role in Is the Media censored? Politics, Profits,
and Propaganda. His award-winning work on a range of topics from
California politics to economic reform in China uniquely prepares him
to address both domestic and international issues of censorship.
Schell serves as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and on the
board of Human Rights Watch. He has contributed to China coverage for
major television networks and has worked as both a correspondent and consultant
for PBS Frontline documentaries and an Emmy-award winning
program for 60 Minutes.
Schell is author of more than 14 books. His most recent, Virtual Tibet:
Searching for Shangri-La from the Himalayas to Hollywood, includes interviews
with Richard Gere, the most famous American Buddhist, and
actor Steven Seagal, who believes he is the reincarnation of a lama, as
well as a wry narrative about visiting the set of the Brad Pitt film Seven
Years in Tibet.
Schells other titles include Mandate of Heaven: The Legacy of Tiananmen
Square and the Next Generation of Chinas Leaders and a five-volume
series on China. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Granta,
Wired and Newsweek, among many other publications.
Schells talk will be followed by Self-censorship: When Is
It Necessary? What Are Its Dangers, a panel discussion including
AU faculty Larry Gerber (History), Lisa Channer (Theater), Mark Miller
Graham (Art) and Dale Harrison (Communication and Journalism). A question-and-answer
session will follow.
Schells talk and the panel discussion are sponsored by the AU College
of Liberal Arts, with assistance from the Center for the Arts & Humanities,
the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and the AU Departments of English,
History, Art and Communication and Journalism. For more information, call
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