Diederich College Events: A Year in Review

By Julie Rosene

Centennial Seminars panel, February 2011

Dr. Erik Ugland moderates the 'Centennial Seminars' panel, February 2011

Where can you can you get the inside scoop from a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, hear fast breaking news from a network TV correspondent, learn the art of storytelling from a bestselling author and roar with laughter in a lecture on communication theory from the star of an NBC hit sitcom?

The Diederich College of Communication of course!

While we all know that students in our college receive a wonderful education inside the classroom, we shouldn’t forget about the exciting learning going on outside the classroom as well. As part of the Centennial of Journalism Celebration at the Diederich College, the 2010- 2011 academic year has been packed full of wonderful special events and guest speakers. As the event coordinator of the college, I have seen first hand the extraordinary “teaching moments” when outstanding guest experts and professionals share their knowledge and experiences with our students.

What a kick it is to be able to laugh your way silly in a lecture about media and society with Baratunde Thurston, stand-up comic and Director of Digital for The Onion. Or have the unique opportunity to interview MTV news correspondent Gideon Yago face-to-face, gleaning insights on how entertainment has eclipsed news. Or share a conversation “up close and personal” with Chris Broussard, ESPN sports analyst for his personal insights into Lebron James’ career decision.

We’ve marked this milestone year with lectures on investigative reporting from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, Raquel Rutledge and Dave Umhoefer; laughed at the antics of Danny Pudi and the Farley brothers; explored issues in spirituality with best selling author Margaret Coel during Mission Week; heard from some of the greatest minds on issues in media in the 21st century during the Nieman Academic Conference; learned how we can help erase hatred from experiencing the Laramie Project; and launched Centennial Seminars, a student-produced TV series focusing on issues in media affecting our daily lives.

Of course, as the event coordinator for the college, I could go on and on about the exciting things taking place in Johnston Hall.  We plan to make 2011- 2012 equally exciting and hope that you will join us right here at the Diederich College for another year of events that will inform, inspire and entertain!

See you in the fall!

View photos from the Diederich College’s recent events on our Flickr.com photostream.

Julie Rosene is the event coordinator for the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University.

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