Award Winning Journalist is Robison Lecturer

July 1, 2010

Author Todd Gitlin will give the Robison Lecture at Bradley University on Wednesday, October 21, at 8 p.m. in Neumiller Lecture Hall in Bradley Hall.  The lecture, titled "A Glut of Crises:  Journalism and the Prospects for Democracy," is free and open to the public.

A reception will follow the lecture in the atrium of the Michel Student Center

Dr. Gitlin is a professor of journalism and sociology at Columbia University and the author of twelve books, including, most recently, The Bulldozer and the Big Tent: Blind Republicans, Lame Democrats, and the Recovery of American Ideals.  His other titles include The Intellectuals and the Flag; Letters to a Young Activist; Media Unlimited: How the Torrent of Images and Sounds Overwhelms Our Lives; The Twilight of Common Dreams: Why America Is Wracked by Culture Wars; The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage; Inside Prime Time; The Whole World Is Watching; Uptown: Poor Whites in Chicago (co-author); two novels, Sacrifice and The Murder of Albert Einstein; and a book of poetry, Busy Being Born

In September 2010, Simon & Schuster will publish his book, co-authored by Liel Leibovitz, on the idea of the chosen people in the United States and Israel.

He has contributed to many books and published widely in general periodicals, online magazines, and scholarly journals. He is on the editorial board of Dissent, a contributing writer to Mother Jones, a member of the board of trustees of openDemocracy.net and the editorial board of the Progressive Book Club. He is a regular contributor to the blog TPMcafe.com.

During the 2008 campaign, Dr. Gitlin wrote a weekly "Sunday Watch" column for Columbia Journalism Review online and the Huffington Post.  His poems have appeared in The New York Review of Books, Yale Review, and The New Republic.

He holds degrees from Harvard University, the University of Michigan, and the University of California, Berkeley. He was the third president of Students for a Democratic Society, in 1963-64, and coordinator of the SDS Peace Research and Education Project in 1964-65, during which time he helped organize the first national demonstration against the Vietnam War and the first American demonstrations against corporate aid to the apartheid regime in South Africa.

He lectures frequently on culture and politics in the United States and abroad and has appeared on many National Public Radio programs including Fresh Air as well as PBS, ABC, CBS and CNN.

The Robison Endowed Lectureship Series was established by the late Mary Leslie Robison to bring distinguished journalists and journalism educators to Bradley University. She taught journalism as an assistant professor at Bradley from 1957 to 1969.  The Lectureship began in 1988, two years after her death.