UK Hosting Big Names in Journalism

The UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications will be hosting four major speaking events at the University of Kentucky in the next few weeks.

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Tomorrow, Wednesday March 25, author and journalist Jeffrey Toobin to discuss his book, “The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the UK Athletics Auditorium of William T. Young Library. Toobin works as a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and is the senior legal analyst for CNN.  He has won an Emmy for his work at ABC News, and has authored profiles on several Supreme Court Justices.  Before joining The New Yorker, Toobin was an assistant US attorney in Brooklyn and an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counel Lowrence E. Walsh.  Toobin will speak as part of the 2015 Edward F. Prichard Lecture, which is sponsored by the University of Kentucky Libraries Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Center, and made possible in part from an endowment created by the family of Edward F. Prichard Jr.

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Also speaking tomorrow, South-African born Israeli author Benjamin Pogrund will speak at the Lucille Little Library in the Niles Gallery at 5:30 p.m.  Pogrund gained prominence through his reporting on Apartheid in South Africa, including reporting on theMarch 21, 1960 Sharpeville massacre, and a 1965 series on the mistreatment of black inmates and white political prisoners. Pogrund was put on trial several times, and imprisoned as a result of his reporting.  Pogrund immigrated to Israel in 1997, and has recently defended the country against criticisms of apartheid for Israel’s position against the Palestinians in the region.

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Tuesday, April 14, Jim Duff,  the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts will speak as part of the school’s State of the First Amendment Lecture.  Duff was appointed to the position by Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr, and has served since January of this year.  Duff is the chief administrative officer of the of the federal courts.  Before his appointment, Duff served as chief executive officer of the Newseum in D.C.

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On Thursday, April 16, CNN Justice Correspondent Pamela Brown will speak in Room 118 of the White Hall Classroom Building at the University of Kentucky. She will be speaking on Journalism as part of the Joe Creason Lecture series.  Brown is native of Lexington and graduated from Henry Clay High School before obtaining her degree in broadcast journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she served as a reporter for the university’s Carolina Week.  Brown is the daughter of former Governor of Kentucky John Y. Brown and former Miss America Phyllis George.  Before working for CNN Brown worked for ABC’s D.C. affiliate WJLA-TV.

All events are free and open to the public.

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