September 13, 2017

Veteran journalist Michel Martin will launch Susquehanna University’s Public Culture in a Time of Hyperinformation lecture series on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Degenstein Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Martin’s lecture, titled Going There: Seeking Civil Discourse in the Age of Anger, will explore her work reporting on past presidential campaigns, noting what was different—and what was not different—about the 2016 election. She will also address the public’s declining trust in institutions and in fact-based journalism, and her own techniques for fostering civil discourse.

The weekend host of National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Martin began her career working for newspapers like The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. She joined NPR from ABC News, where she had worked since 1992 and served as a correspondent for Nightline from 1996 to 2006. At NPR, Martin launched Tell Me More, a one-hour daily news and talk show that aired on public broadcast stations nationwide from 2007 to 2014. Outside the studio, she hosts Michel Martin: Going There, an ambitious live event series in collaboration with member stations.

Martin is the recipient of the Candace Award for Communications from The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Joan Barone Award for Excellence in Washington-based National Affairs/Public Policy Broadcasting from the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association, and a 2002 Silver Gavel Award, given by the American Bar Association.

The Public Culture in a Time of Hyperinformation lecture series is presented this year in support of Susquehanna University’s 2017-18 theme of conflict. Throughout the year, the university presents various lectures and events encouraging students to explore and discuss the annual theme.

The purpose of the four-event lecture series is to help students and the regional audience understand the ramifications of the 2016 presidential election on public culture, especially on current discourse in the public sphere.

The lecture series is co-sponsored by the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, the Department of Communications, the Ottaway Lectureship, the Department of English and Creative Writing, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Department of Political Science, the Department of History, Religious and Spiritual Life, university speaker funds and the University Theme Committee.