IC Honors FYI: Guest lecture on the Fourth Estate

20161117160853569_1More great learning opportunities this week! Remember, you can also attend these events to fulfill your cultural engagement requirements.

This Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30pm in CNS 112, Atul Singh will speak about the recent evolution of media and journalism and the important role it will play in shaping future global discourse. Atul is the Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Fair Observer, a section 501(c)(3) nonprofit media organization that aims to inform and educate global citizens through its journal and teaching programs. He also teaches Political Economy at the University of California, Berkeley and at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar where he also teaches World History.

“These days the fourth estate is not doing so well. Apathy and ignorance have proved to be tougher enemies than repression and censorship. Shortening attention spans in the era of mobile phones do not help. Nonstop stimulation of the mind via social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat has turned people away from deep explanatory journalism. Besides, the Internet has destroyed the business model of newspapers and there are now five jobs in public relations for every job in journalism. People are also retreating to echo chambers where they only hear what they agree with in an age of increasing social fragmentation.”

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This event is cosponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications, the Department of Journalism, and the Honors Program.

Other learning opportunities this week:

IC Asian American Alliance hosts a discussion on mixed race identities
Monday, November 28 | 8PM-9PM | Friends 207 | Intercom

Majors in the Department of Physics & Astronomy present for the Fall Seminar Series
Tuesday, November 29 | 12:10PM | CNS 206B | Intercom

SKYWARN Storm Spotter Training Session
Tuesday, November 29 | 4:00PM | Textor 103 | Intercom