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Reporter/Writer Seymour Hersh Kicks Off Crain Lectures

October 4, 2005 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Investigative journalism icon Seymour Hersh will kick off the fall 2005 season of the Crain Lecture Series Sunday, Oct. 2, at Northwestern University with a discussion of the events leading from the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington to the war in Iraq.

Medill School of Journalism’s popular Crain Lectures bring newsmakers and news analysts to Northwestern's Evanston campus to explore a broad range of perspectives on current events. Other fall topics of discussion will include the selling of Hollywood, journalistic confidentiality and reporter privilege, and the future of broadcast television.

All presentations will take place at 4 p.m. in the Medill School's McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston. The complete fall schedule follows:

 Sunday, Oct. 2: Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author Seymour Hersh will discuss “The Road from 9/11 to the War in Iraq.” Hersh first gained worldwide recognition for his reports on the 1969 My Lai massacre and cover-up during the Vietnam War. Writing in The New Yorker last year, he wrote a series of articles about abusive treatment by U.S. military of Iraqi detainees in the Abu Graib prison camp. These reports, too, attracted attention around the world.

 Monday, Oct. 17: Medill alum, director, writer, actor and producer Garry Marshall will explore “The Marketing of Hollywood.” Marshall first made his name in television creating sitcoms including “Happy Days,” “Laverne and Shirley” and “Mork and Mindy.” He went on to direct more than a dozen films including “Pretty Woman,” “Runaway Bride” and “The Princess Diaries.” He is the voice of the father in the 2005 movie “Chicken Little.”

Monday, Oct. 24: In July, Time Inc. Editor-in-Chief Norman Pearlstine testified before the U.S. Senate’s Committee on the Judiciary in support of legislation protecting journalists from being compelled to reveal confidential sources and other unpublished information obtained during newsgathering. In his position, Pearlstine oversees the editorial content of all Time Inc. magazines, including “Fortune,”” Money,” “People,” “Sports Illustrated” and “Time.” His lecture is titled “Are Journalists Above the Law?”

 Wednesday, Nov. 16: NBC television executive Jeffrey Zucker will present “Broadcast TV's Future.” President of the NBC Universal Group, Zucker is responsible for all programming across the company’s extensive TV properties with the exception of sports and the Olympics. A former executive producer of the “Today” show, he has put his mark on NBC with successes including “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “The Apprentice.” For information, call (847) 491-2050 or visit the Medill Web site at http://www.medill.northwestern.edu.

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