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Upcoming Event: Lecture and Discussion on Media/Journalism

The Media: Participation and Empowerment
The Changing Face of Journalism and the Media in a Digital Age

The Summer English Language Studies presents an open lecture featuring Deirdre English, Visiting Lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and Cyrus Farivar, Berkeley alumnus and Senior Business Editor at Ars Technica.

Date: Wednesday, July 20th 5:00-7:00pm
Location: Valley Life Science Building, Room 2040


Deirdre English has taught at the J-school since 1997. Professor English is the former Editor-in-Chief of Mother Jones magazine where she worked for eight years. She has written and edited work on investigative reporting, cultural politics, gender studies, and public policy. Her work includes For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts’ Advice to Women (Anchor), co-authored with Barbara Ehrenreich and published with a new Afterword in 2004.

Professor English will speak about her work as a magazine editor and will review some different forms of journalism, from daily beat coverage, to essays, features and profiles, immersion and underground reporting. The role of “objectivity” vs point of view, for example, and the consistent obligation to be accurate will be discussed.


Cyrus Farivar is the Senior Business Editor at Ars Technica, a Condé Nast Digital publication. He is also an author and radio producer. His book, The Internet of Elsewhere – about the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world, including Senegal, Iran, Estonia and South Korea – was published by Rutgers University Press in April 2011. He previously was the Sci-Tech Editor, and host of “Spectrum” at Deutsche Welle English, Germany’s international broadcaster.

Professor Farivar will speak about his work at Ars Technica, a savvy, online publication that fuses opinion, analysis, and reporting.  Since its first publication in 1998, Ars Technica has published four types of stories: news, guides, reviews, and features.


The event is free and open to all SELS students and to the General Public. Seating is limited so come early!

We look forward to seeing you!