Distinguished Hearst Lecture Series

The Distinguished Hearst Lecture Series brings luminaries from the fields of communication to share their experiences and wisdom with the students at the SJMC. The lecture series is co-coordinated by faculty members Professor Moses Shumow, Neil Reisner, Kate McMillin, Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver, and Robert Gutsche Jr. and funded by a generous endowment from the Hearst Foundation. For more information contact Moses Shumow at shumow@fiu.edu.

Steve Wozniak

MARCH 15, 2013

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh.

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Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez

APRIL 1, 2013

Cuban blogger and independent journalist Yoani Sánchez received FIU’s Medallion of Courage on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center.   Her lecture was entitled “Can Technologies and Social Media Accelerate Cuba’s Democratization?”

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Larry King

MARCH 28, 2013

The former host of Larry King Live on CNN, Larry King has conducted nearly 50,000 interviews and remained a staple of nighttime news for 25 years.

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Samuel Freedman

MAY 13, 2013

Freedman is a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York Times religion columnist and author of several prize-winning books.

His “Letters to a Young Journalist,” is among the very best introductions to journalism as it’s practiced on the ground. His view of journalism, past, present and future, is insightful and sometimes controversial.

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Richard Ross

MAY 13, 2013

Richard Ross is a photographer, researcher and professor of art based in Santa Barbara, California. Ross has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Fulbright, and the Center for Cultural Innovation.

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WHISTLEBLOWER

OCT 24, 2013

GAP’s American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability was a dynamic collegiate Tour that sought to educate the public − particularly the country’s incoming workforce − about the important role whistleblowers play in holding institutions accountable and protecting the public interest.

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Iconic Pulitzer Prize Photographs

JAN 29, 2014

Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, the most comprehensive exhibition of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled, opened at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. Included were the winning images from 1942, the year of the first photography award, all the way through the 2013 winners.

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ECOMB

FEB 5, 2014

ECOMB’s Cinema Green Climate Change Series was a three-month look at climate change, its importance as well as its relevance to Miami Beach and the South Florida Region.

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Martin Baron

NOV 19, 2014

Martin Baron, the Executive Editor of The Washington Post, was brought to give a speech entitled, “Media, journalism, and the future of news in the Digital Age.”

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Sree Sreenivasan

MARCH 23, 2015

Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) is the first Chief Digital Officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Met, he leads a 70-person world-class team on topics he loves: digital, social, mobile, video, apps, email, interactives, data and more.

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Carlos Chamorro

Carlos Fernando Chamorro

SEPT 15, 2015

Carlos Fernando Chamorro is an investigative journalist, host and editor of major radio and television programs and publications. A former Sandinista and current voice of opposition, Chamorro remains a leading public intellectual.

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Clyde Butcher

Clyde Butcher

NOV 1, 2016

Clyde Butcher’s powerful black and white photographs explore his personal bond with the environment. The exquisite beauty and depth of his work draw the viewer into a relationship with nature.

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Geneva Overholser

Geneva Overholser

OCT 7, 2016

Geneva Overholser is a senior fellow and consultant at the Democracy Fund, as well as a senior fellow at the Center for Communication Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

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Pulitzer

A Talk with South Florida Pulitzer Prize Winners

MARCH 31, 2016

The SJMC celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes with South Florida winning teams from the Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald. The panels discussed how these inspiring reporters and photographers got that exceptional story or photo.

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SUsan Goldberg

Susan Goldberg

APRIL 21, 2016

Susan Goldberg is Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor In Chief of National Geographic Magazine. As Editorial Director, she is in charge of all publishing ventures, including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, children and family, and travel and adventure.

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Morton Dean

NOVEMBER 15, 2017

World Affairs, US & Iraq, Terrorism, News & Current Affairs, Space Flight

Open a map of the world.  Throw a dart at it.  Morton Dean has been there. The Emmy Award winning news correspondent covered many historic, headline-making stories around the world for CBS News (20 years) and ABC News (14 years).

He also anchored regular newscasts and literally hundreds of network news specials, documentaries and breaking news stories for both networks.

His documentary, American Medevac, based on a story he reported from Vietnam during the war, premiered on PBS in New York City in September 2017 and is currently being broadcast on various PBS stations around the country.

A solid writer, a gifted storyteller, his face and voice are among the most recognizable on the American scene.  Truly one of America’s most respected, trusted and experienced news correspondents. 

As a reporter Mort had extensive experience covering international terrorism. When a deadly terror bomb blasted the U.S. Cole in Yemen, he was dispatched there as ABC’s lead reporter.  He was in Nairobi to cover the bombing of the U.S. Embassy and was dispatched to Sudan to cover the U.S. retaliation.  And when the World Trade Center was first attacked in 1993 by terrorists, Mort was the first and only newsperson to see and report from inside the garage where the truck bomb detonated and later he covered the investigation into the attack.

He reported from Iran during the hostage crisis and from Somalia during the U.S. intervention.  Mort’s passion for following the story wherever it led often put him in the line of fire.  While covering the turmoil in Israel and the Palestinian Territory he was caught in a potentially deadly ambush near Hebron.  Mort was nominated for a national Emmy Award for his reporting during a fierce gun battle in Kosovo involving U. S. Marines who were pinned down by snipers.  Those reports and others were often lead stories on various ABC newscasts and remain among the most compelling images of those conflicts.

Mort covered Saddam Hussein’s Iraq during numerous assignments.  After the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait he was the first network TV correspondent to report from Kuwait City while it was still under Iraqi occupation.

Samuel Freedman

JANUARY 24, 2018

Freedman is a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York Times religion columnist and author of several prize-winning books.

His “Letters to a Young Journalist,” is among the very best introductions to journalism as it’s practiced on the ground. His view of journalism, past, present and future, is insightful and sometimes controversial.

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