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Government Accountability and a Free Press

A collaborative effort of the College of Public Affairs and Administration, the Center for State Policy and Leadership, and Sangamon Auditorium, the Government Accountability and a Free Press project will consist of a series of activities designed to explore the legal, ethical, practical political and policy issues that arise as members of the press engage in investigative reporting designed to uncover less-than-transparent government conduct. 

 * * * * * * * * * Wednesday, November 7, 2007 * * * * * * * * *

Charles Lewis Luncheon Seminar featuring Charles Lewis
PAC Lobby, 12 noon

Cost of lunch: $10
To reserve a place at this event, contact the Center for State Policy and Leadership at 217.206.7163

Reservation Deadline for lunch: Friday, November 2

A panel of investigative reporters and Mr. Charles Lewis will explore the issues of government accountability and a free press.

Charles Lewis founded the Center for Public Integrity in 1989 and served as its executive director until December, 2004. He is now the president of The Fund for Independence in Journalism. From 1977 through 1988, Lewis did investigative reporting at ABC News, and at CBS News as a producer for senior correspondent Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes. 

Luncheon Panelists wil include: (Click to read panelist bios)

Bernard M. Judge - veteran Chicago newspaper executive and Editor Emeritus of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
Phil Kadner -  award-winning Page 2 news columnist and associate editor for The Daily Southtown 
Dave McKinney - Springfield Bureau Chief, Chicago Sun-Times

Moderator - Pinky Wassenberg - dean of the College of Public Affairs and Administration

Judith Miller Panel Discussion featuring Judith Miller
UIS Studio Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

This event is free but tickets are required.
To reserve tickets for this event, contact the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217.206.6160

Ms. Miller will provide a keynote address about freedom of press to which Mr. Charles Lewis and a panel of investigative reporters will react.  This will be followed by the opportunity for the audience to ask questions and interact with the panel.

Judith Miller is a bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning former investigative reporter for The New York Times. Ms. Miller ended her 30 year career with The New York Times in November 2005 after spending 85 days in jail to defend a reporter’s right to protect confidential sources –twice as long as any other American reporter has ever been confined for this cause.  Since being released, she has been advocating the enactment of a federal shield law to protect the relationship between reporters, their sources and the public’s right to know.

Discussion Panelists will include: (Click to read panelist bios)

Charles Lewis
- president, The Fund for Independence in Journalism
Phil Kadner -  award-winning Page 2 news columnist and associate editor for The Daily Southtown 
Charles Wheeler III - director of UIS Public Affair Reporting program

Moderator - Bill Wheelhouse - general manager, WUIS 91.9 FM

Additional support for the Luncheon Seminar featuring Charles Lewis and the Panel Discusion featuring Judith Miller has been provided by the College of Education and Human Services, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Office of the Provost and the Illinois Press Association.

Important Links:

Click to download a printable PDF about this event.

Click to listen to live webcast -
http://www.uis.edu/mediaquad/

Top Secret Play - http://www.topsecretplay.org/

* * * * * * * * * Friday, February 1, 2008 * * * * * * * * *

John Heard L.A. Theatre Works
Top Secret:  The Battle for the Pentagon Papers
Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 8 p.m. $41, 36

Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers is an inside look at The Washington Post’s decision to publish the top secret study documenting U.S. involvement in Vietnam. The subsequent trial tested the parameters of the First Amendment, pitting the public’s right to know against the government’s desire for secrecy.

This performance will be followed by a post-show discussion.  The performance will be recorded and broadcast at a later date by WUIS-FM.

High school and college groups may attend a 10 a.m. performance on February 1 for $5 per ticket as part of the Auditorium's Class Acts program. Please call the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office for details

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