Intersections of Journalism with Computer Science & Data – Brant Houston

Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 at 3:00pm – Oak Room, Memorial Union
A reception will precede the event, 2:30-3:00 pm.

Brant Houston is a professor and Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting in the College of Media at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He will discuss how computer-assisted reporting has become an integral part of journalism and how increased collaboration between journalists and computer scientists has led to more sophisticated reporting. Houston is the author of four editions of the textbook Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide and co-author of the fourth and fifth editions of the Investigative Reporterís Handbook. He is co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and chair of the Board of Directors for the Investigative News Network, which he helped launch in 2009. College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Signature Research Initiative

Friday, 1 May 2015

For More We Turn To Jessica Williams from "The Daily Show" - NEW DATE!
8:00 PM – Stephens Auditorium - No tickets required | Doors open at 7:15 | General admission seating Jessica Williams is a correspondent with The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and was recently featured on the cover of Wired Magazine. An actress, writer, and comedian from Los Angeles, she threw herself into cut-throat world of improv and sketch comedy after graduating from California State University, Long Beach. She performed with "ComedySportz: The College Team" and at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and in 2014 she made appearances on Season 3 of the hit HBO show Girls. Although Williams is known for being an "all around funny lady," her message is not to be dismissed. She frequently takes on the issues of race, racism, and privilege and is quickly establishing herself as part of the American media machine.

Monday, 14 Sep 2015

Why We Should Care About the World & Want to Change It - Nicholas Kristof
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Nicholas Kristof, Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times, co-authored two bestselling books that inspired PBS documentaries: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity. The documentaries are part of the Global Women and Girls Lead Initiative to promote womenís empowerment worldwide. In addition, Kristof and journalist Sheryl WuDunn work to support local programs for women and children around the globe through their Half the Sky Movement and other partner initiatives. Kristof graduated from Harvard University, studied law at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and later studied Arabic in Cairo and Chinese in Taipei. He has traveled extensively, beginning as a student backpacking around Africa and Asia, writing articles to cover his expenses. He has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 140 countries. His op-ed column for he New York Times appears twice a week. Part of the World Affairs Series: Redefining Global Security

Wednesday, 16 Sep 2015

The Dating Doctor: Advisor to the Romantically Challenged - David Coleman
7:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Relationship expert David Coleman is known worldwide as The Dating Doctor. He has been speaking on college campuses for more than twenty years about the complexities of dating, relationships, romance and sex. His books Making Relationships Matter, Date Smart! and 101 Great Dates are filled with anecdotes, strategies and ideas to help expand one's relationships and potential. He also has a CD, Prescriptions for Life and Relationships, and a DVD, "David Coleman in Concert!"

Thursday, 17 Sep 2015

How Can Science Be Controversial? - Carl Zimmer
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Carl Zimmer reports from the frontiers of biology where scientists are expanding our understanding of life. He is the author of twelve books about science: Soul Made Flesh, a history of neuroscience; Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea; At the Water's Edge, a book about major transitions in the history of life; The Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins; Parasite Rex; Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life; Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed; A Planet of Viruses; and The Tangled Bank: An Introduction to Evolution, the first textbook about evolution intended for non-majors. He also coauthored Evolution: Making Sense of Life, a book for biology majors, and is a columnist at the New York Times. Part of the National Affairs Series on When American Values Are In Conflict.

Monday, 21 Sep 2015

Catch Me If You Can - Frank Abagnale
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Frank Abagnale, a former con artist whose crimes inspired the memoir and movie Catch Me If You Can, is one of the world's most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. Following his five-year prison term, he was released after agreeing to help the FBI as an expert on fraud, going from a successful con artist to one of the world's top authorities on fraud prevention, and discussing the latest safeguards to protect organizations from fraud, identity theft and other cybercrimes. His security programs are used by more than 14,000 institutions worldwide. Greater Iowa Credit Union Business Lecture Series

Thursday, 24 Sep 2015

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
7:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Documentary and panel discussion to be announced.

Monday, 28 Sep 2015

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - Speaker to be announced.

Tuesday, 29 Sep 2015

Chamberlin Lecture in Journalism - Juju Chang
8:00 PM – Great Hall, Memorial Union - Juju Chang is an Emmy award-winning coanchor for the ABC's Nightline. She also reports regularly for Good Morning America and 20/20. Chang has covered global events and issues like the earthquake in Haiti and maternal and infant mortality in Mozambique. Domestically, she has covered breaking news from Superstorm Sandy to the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. She received one of her two Emmys for team coverage of the California wildfires, and won one of her two Gracies for a 20/20 story on gender equality in the sciences. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in California, she graduated with honors from Stanford University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Chamberlin Lecture in Journalism

Thursday, 1 Oct 2015

Lectures Program Event Being Planned
8:00 PM – Sun Room, Memorial Union - National Affairs Series: When American Values Are in Conflict. Speaker to be announced.