Nov. 12: Lecture on 'Responsible Public, Responsible Journalism'

Event Details


Date: November 11, 2013

Times: 7 p.m.

Location: Kresge Recital Hall

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Geneva Overholser will present the 2013 Civitas Iverson Lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Kresge Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Overholser’s talk, “Responsible Public, Responsible Journalism,” will discuss how the powerful role of the people formerly known as "the audience" is changing and enriching journalism. A reception will follow the talk in the Center for Visual Arts atrium.

Her talk is presented by the Civitas honors program at Augustana in honor of the Ralph Iverson family, whose gift to the college helped fund the program. The lecture is also funded in part by Augustana College’s Mellon Fund Committee and the student Union Board of Governors (UBG).

Overholser retired this spring from her position as professor and director of the Annenberg School of Journalism at USC. From 1988 to 1995, she was editor of the Des Moines Register, where she led the paper to the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. She has also served as ombudsman and columnist for the Washington Post, as a member of the New York Times editorial board, and as chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board, as well as holder of the Curtis B. Hurley Chair in Public Affairs Reporting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

She is author of "On Behalf of Journalism: A Manifesto for Change" (2006, Annenberg Public Policy Center) and is co-editor, with Kathleen Hall Jamieson, of "The Press" (2005), part of the Oxford University Press “Institutions of Democracy” series.