Public Lecture: What the traditional Chicago media missed in the Laquan McDonald case

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Journalist Brandon Smith will give a public lecture on the power of independent journalism in exposing police brutality and racial injustice on Wednesday, October 24th at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites.

Smith has been a journalist in the investigative/accountability tradition for more than a decade, and has concentrated primarily on police accountability since 2014. Published in The GuardianAl Jazeera, The Daily Beast, and In These Times, Smith has also written about pollution and public health issues, runaway military spending, and mass surveillance.

Smith was a winner of the Izzy Award along with activist Jamie Kalven in 2016 for challenging the official story about the killing of Laquan McDonald, an African American teenager, by Chicago police in 2014. Early this October, the police officer was convicted on counts of second-degree murder and battery.

We also have a Q&A session before the event from 5pm-6:30 at Klingstein Lounge and if you are interested in attending this portion, please contact

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please contact Brandy Hawley, or 607-274-3590 as soon as possible.