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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!

Two Business-related Activities

business-316906_640Business Etiquette

Tuesday, August 5

A Seminar Focusing on the Ultimate Business Tool—Protocol and Etiquette Intelligence Presented by Marcel Kristel, Etiquette Consultant, and Kim Flickinger, Fashion Consultant

In a rapidly expanding global economy, executives of all levels need to distinguish themselves from the competition. This seminar, created by the Protocol School of Washington®, provides the tools that give you the advantage in interviews, social settings and other areas of business.

  • Distinguish yourself from the competition
  • Make an entrance and “work” the room
  • Perform the correct handshake—the ultimate greeting
  • Introduce yourself and others with ease
  • Establish eye contact
  • Use small talk to improve your mingling proficiency
  • Select the appropriate attire

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 6:00—7:30 PM
Location: Room 0219 Dwinelle Cost: $5.00

silver-cutlery-76366_640 Dine Like a Diplomat, A Dining Skills Seminar

 Wednesday, August 6

 The world is experiencing a rapidly expanding global economy where the negotiating process doesn’t end when you leave the office; it has only just begun. In this global atmosphere, polished dining skills are very important.

Dine Like a Diplomat, an interactive tutorial created by the Protocol School of Washington®, provides the nuances necessary for a world-class competitor. The seminar will be presented by Marcel Kristel, Etiquette Consultant.

This Dining Skills Seminar will discuss:

  •  Guest and host duties
  •  Business entertaining
  •  Toasting
  •  Table settings
  •  Silverware, glassware, napkins
  •  What to order

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 6:00—7:30 PM
Location: Room 0219 Dwinelle Cost: $5.00

Sign up outside 112 Wheeler beginning Tuesday, July 29. 

You can attend one or both of the seminars. Limited to 50 participants, so sign up soon!