PCIM regularly brings the leading lights in independent media and journalism to Ithaca for public presentations and small group meetings with students and faculty.
In 2016, media critic Janine Jackson of FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) presented a lecture: “Can You Trust Mainstream News Media? Racial and Other Biases.” Jackson, host of the weekly “CounterSpin” radio show, gave pointers on how to be a critical news consumer – conscious of language, sourcing, and possible advertiser or owner influence on what’s being reported or not reported.
2015 featured Jim Hightower, the progressive populist from Texas who is also an author, humorist, radio commentator and pamphleteer (Hightower Lowdown). His presentation – “Against the Current: How Indy Media & Activists Can Challenge Corporate Control” – offered historic and contemporary wisdom.
In December 2014, Truthout editor Maya Schenwar discussed her book, Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. Based partly on her family’s experiences, Schenwar argued passionately for a transformation of our broken penal system. And she discussed the important work of independent outlets like Truthout.
In fall 2014 Betty Medsger, journalist and author of the fascinating new book The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover's Secret FBI, spoke about the "ordinary" citizens who broke into an FBI office in 1971, revealing the bureau's surveillance, harassment, and intimidation of peaceful civil rights, women's rights, and antiwar activists and political dissidents.
Other recent speakers have included
author/professor Robert W. McChesney, discussing "Corporate Dominance of Internet, Media, and Politics";
author, journalist, and Democracy Now! cohost Juan Gonzalez, who spoke on "The Epic Story of Race & U.S. Media";
journalist and immigrant rights activist José Antonio Vargas of DefineAmerican.com;
feminist author Susan Faludi, who spoke on "9/11: Myth, Media and Gender" on the 10th anniversary of 9/11/01;
View a complete listing of past speakers here.