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Indiana University Journalism

Speaker Series

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh was the school's first spring 2013 Speaker Series guest.
The IU Journalism Speaker Series gives students and area residents the opportunity to meet with some of the top media professionals in the country. Recent speakers include CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan, author Gay Talese, The New York Times' David Brooks and Fox Sports' Joe Buck.

The Journalism Faculty Lectureship brings to campus an exemplary media professional or a distinguished media scholar. The lecturer is nominated and chosen by IU Journalism faculty.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Fall 2014

Vargas_JoseAntonio-webJose Antonio Vargas
7 p.m. Sept. 23
Whittenberger Auditorium
Indiana Memorial Union

Jose Antonio Vargas was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Washington Post that covered the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007. In 2011, he wrote about his undocumented immigrant status in The New York Times magazine, putting a personal face on a national issue. He also is founder of Define American, a nonprofit media and culture organization, and he wrote and directed Documented, a film that chronicles his life as a child immigrating from the Philippines to his decision to publicize his legal status. The documentary will be shown in the auditorium at 5 p.m. and Vargas’ talk will begin at 7 p.m.


Katherine BooKatherine Boo
7 p.m. Oct. 23
Alumni Hall
Indiana Memorial Union

Katherine Boo is an investigative journalist for The New Yorker and author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2012 and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2013. Her work as a reporter often told stories of the disadvantaged and voiceless, and won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and a National Magazine Award, among others. She was a recipient of a MacArthur “genius" award in 2002. This talk is co-sponsored with the College Arts and Humanities Institute and the Kelley School of Business Common Read Program.


Carolyn JonesCarolyn Jones
7 p.m. Nov. 18
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
114 E. Kirkwood Ave.

As a breast cancer patient, photographer Carolyn Jones was awed by her nurses, one in particular to whom she credits her recovery. Jones was inspired to create The American Nurse, a documentary that profiles five nurses working in disparate circumstances around the country and addresses the national issue of health care through their – and their patients’ – personal stories. The film will be shown at 5:15 p.m. and Jones will speak at 7 p.m.


Speaker archive:
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Sage Steele Robert Nickelsberg David Ignatius Bob Dotson
Andrew Ferguson Seymour Hersh Maria Hinojosa David Sanger
Rajiv Chandrasekaran Byron Pitts David Margolick Katharine Weymouth
Gay Talese Lara Logan Thomas Friedman David Brooks
Sheryl WuDunn John F. Burns Ken Auletta Anna Quindlen
Jeff Zaslow Vivian Schiller Joe Buck James Burke
Steve Kroft Sylvia Nasar Elizabeth Gilbert Nina Totenberg
Leonard Downie Andrea Koppel William Safire Michael Beschloss
Bob Woodward
Lisa Ling
Ken Paulson David Halberstam
Frank Deford Alexandra Robbins Christopher Hitchens Michele Norris

Profiles interviews

Many of our guests also have been interviewed on Profiles, the radio interview show on WFIU the Bloomington-area NPR affiliate.

2011 Centennial Speaker Series Panels:


  • Contact Director of Communications and Media Relations Anne Kibbler.