Izzys, New Hall of Fame Members

JOHN CARLOS FREY and NICK TURSE have won the sixth Izzy Award. And GLENN GREENWALD and JEREMY SCAHILL will be welcomed as inaugural members of the I.F. Stone Hall of Fame.  The ceremony will be held on Monday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. in Park Hall Auditorium. All four honorees will speak (Greenwald via video). All are welcome.

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"Uprisings for Democracy in the Middle East: Victories and Setbacks" with independent journalist, author, and scholar STEPHEN ZUNES, Wednesday, April 16, 7:00 p.m., Textor 102.

Author, Middle East policy scholar, and advocate of strategic nonviolent action Stephen Zunes will deliver a free public lecture, “Middle East Democracy Uprisings: Victories and Setbacks,” on Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. in Textor 102.

One the country’s leading analysts of U.S. Middle East policy, Zunes is a professor of politics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, where he serves as coordinator of the program in Middle Eastern Studies. He is also a senior policy analyst for the Foreign Policy in Focus project of the Institute for Policy Studies, an associate editor of Peace Review, a contributing editor of Tikkun, and cochair of the academic advisory committee for the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.

He has written scores of articles on these and other subjects for such independent media outlets as Alternet, Common Dreams, openDemocracy, and Truthout, as well as numerous mainstream print, online, TV, and radio outlets. He is the author of Tinderbox: U.S. Middle East Policy and the Roots of Terrorism, among other books.

Zunes makes frequent visits to conflict regions, meeting with top government officials, academics, journalists, and opposition leaders. He is a consultant and board member for a number of peace and human rights organizations in both the United States and overseas. Zunes received his PhD. from Cornell University and served on the politics faculty of Ithaca College in the 1990s. His talk is being cosponsored by PCIM and the Department of Politics.

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The PARK CENTER for INDEPENDENT MEDIA, launched in 2008, is a national center for the study of media outlets that create and distribute content outside traditional corporate systems and news organizations. Throughout history, technological and social upheaval have given rise to independent media voices. Today, independent media are growing amid crisis and conglomeration in mainstream journalism, and the rise of the Internet and new forms of media production and distribution.

The Center's mission is to engage media producers and students in conversation about career paths in independent media, and financially viable ways to disseminate news and information. The center examines the impact of independent media institutions on journalism, democracy, and a participatory culture. Jeff Cohen is the founding director of PCIM, and Maura Stephens is associate director.

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