Just Announced: Journalism and Environment Headliners


Hot on the heels of our Festival announcements last week, we’re excited to share even more new headlining programs with you this week! Focusing on environmental racism and the importance of journalism in democracy, these two programs are timely and feature engrossing speakers who are all experts in their fields. Plus, each program is also FREE to attend! Keep reading for more details and be sure to mark your calendars…

Who Will Write the Story?
The Critical Role of Local Journalism

Thursday, March 19, 4:00 PM, City Council Chambers

Katrice Hardy (executive editor of the Greenville News and the South Regional Editor for USA Today Network), Eric Lichtblau (two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of Return to the Reich), and Lewis Raven Wallace (independent journalist and author of The View from Somewhere: Undoing the Myth of Journalistic Objectivity), in discussion with Marcia Bullard (retired CEO of USA WEEKEND), examine the critical role of local journalism as well as the threats facing it, including the clear impacts of local reporting on democracy and a civil society, the economic and job devastation the newspaper industry has suffered, and possible outlooks for local news as well as communities that have already become news deserts. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Federation of State Humanities Councils; Hosted by the Daily Progress, Virginia Center for Investigative Journalism, Virginia Library Association, and the Virginia Press Association. 

Our Toxic Neighborhoods:
Environmental Racism in Flint and Beyond

Thursday, March 19, 8:00 PM, V. Earl Dickinson Building, PVCC

Anna Clark (The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy) and Harriet Washington (A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind) share the devastating details of contemporary environmental hazards and the communities most likely to be in danger. This program is FREE to attend, and tickets are not required. Registration is appreciated.

Sponsored by Lifetime Learning, UVA Office of Engagement


In addition, tickets are still available for the following programs…
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