2017-2018 Media and Society Lecture Series

Media and Society, now in its second year at Kresge College, is a series of lectures and discussions on the overlapping roles of media institutions, journalists, universities, and intellectuals in contemporary society. The series aims to serve the UCSC campus in a vital but sometimes overlooked function of the liberal arts: to cultivate public knowledge and discourse, and guard our freedoms in expressing and debating that knowledge.

Now more than ever, it is clear that the role of "the media"—including professional journalists, "citizen" journalists, traditional and non-traditional news organizations, and including conduits ranging from print to podcast—is vitally important and changing. Media and Society provides a forum in which to discuss the implications of that dynamic media landscape, while making clear Kresge's long legacy as a college of writers and journalists. 
Our office is working with staff and student members of Student Media, City on a Hill Press, and dedicated alumni to ensure that some of the best educational opportunities in the study of media and journalism will be maintained and strengthened at Kresge College.

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    Carrie Kahn

    November 26, 2017

    5:30 PM | Kresge Seminar Room

    As NPR's international correspondent based in Mexico City, Carrie Kahn covers Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. She will address political and economic challenges facing Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and evolving U.S. relationships with those and other regions. Co-sponsored with UCSC's Science Communication Program.

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    Jose Antonio Vargas

    November 30, 2017

    7:10 PM | Colleges 9 & 10 Multi-Purpose Room

    Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas' investigative work (Washington Post, Rolling Stone, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times) covers AIDS & HIV, cultures of the tech industry, U.S. politics, gay rights, race, and immigration in America. Since 2011, he has achieved international attention for his activism and documentary work on issues facing undocumented Americans.

    Co-sponsored with Student Resource Centers, Colleges 9, 10, and Oakes, UCSC Libraries, the Educational Outreach Program, and the UCSC Foundation.

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    Matthew Renda

    February 13, 2018

    5:30 PM | Kresge Town Hall

    Matthew Renda is a journalist known both locally and nationally for his investigative work on criminal justice, poverty, and homelessness. He is a freelance writer who has contributed to The Atlantic, CNET, and he is a frequent contributor to the Santa Cruz-based Good Times Weekly. Renda's Atlantic article "The Betrayal of Student Activism" (May 18, 2015) covers national and local responses to the 2015 blockage of Highway 17 by six UC Santa Cruz students.

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    Conn Hallinan

    March 6, 2018

    5:30 PM | Kresge Seminar Room

    A former Provost of Kresge College, and shepherd of the legacy of journalism and media criticism at UC Santa Cruz, Conn Hallinan has written for The Nation and Foreign Policy in Focus. He joins Media and Society to re-tell the history of journalism and the provision of a free press in the United States, and to invite students to a new critical inquiry into their relationship with the news.

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    Amy Goodman in conversation with Daniel Ellsberg

    Moderated by Kresge Faculty Fellow Madhavi Murty, Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies, UCSC

    May 17, 2018

    7:30 PM | Colleges 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room

    Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national daily news program airing on over 1,400 public television and radio stations worldwide. Democracy Now! provides independent coverage of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, war and peace, and struggles for social, racial, economic, gender and environmental justice in the U.S. and abroad. Daniel Ellsberg, a former Pentagon official who followed his conscience and leaked secret information about the U.S. government's lies on the war in Vietnam—the so-called Pentagon papers. Both are recipients of the Right Livelihood Award, the "Alternative Nobel."

    Co-sponsored by the Common Ground Center, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, and the UCSC Foundation.


Media and Society is produced with the generous support of