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Blackout in Puerto Rico: A Conversation with the Film's Producers Wednesday, september 26 at 6:00pm
Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building

Light refreshments in theater lobby after program.

Reservations recommended (first come, first seated). 

Join the Investigative Reporting Workshop for a discussion with the producers of this FRONTLINE and NPR investigation examining how the federal response, Wall Street and years of neglect have left Puerto Rico struggling to survive after 2017’s Hurricane Maria.

Taju Cole

Teju Cole presents blind spotWednesday, october 3 at 7:00pm
Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building

Reservations recommended. 

Prolific author, photographer and New York Times photography critic Teju Cole will read and show slides from his most recent work, Blind Spot. The book assembles photographs and text that chronicle Cole’s international travel in a dramatically changing world. At once a lyrical essay on place, and a collection of photographs that insist on seeing what often goes unseen, Blind Spot invites the reader to think through the radical implications of bearing witness.

This program is co-presented by the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Communication at American University.


opening night for Films Across Borders: Stories of Women; Screening of RBGfriday, october 5 at 6:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building

Free, but reservation required. Seating on first come/first served basis.

American University features RBG, the 2018 acclaimed documentary on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as its opening night event for the series, Films Across Borders: Stories of Women on Friday, Oct 5. RBG, directed and produced by Betsy West and Julie Cohen, explores the exceptional life and legendary career of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The special opening night event will include a pre-screening reception and post-screening discussion with panelists Robert Barnes, Supreme Court Washington Post Reporter, and Julie Cohen, RBG co-director; moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin, executive director, AU Women & Politics Institute. Audience Q&A is encouraged.

Mind to Mind Symposium

MInd to mind 2018: researchers and reporters on america's workforcefriday, october 12 at 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building

Registration required. 

On Friday, October 12, American University's School of Communication and the Investigative Reporting Workshop are partnering with Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting on Mind to Mind, a one-day symposium about how journalists and academics can combine their strengths to collaborate on complex and impactful stories.

Experts will include a mix of researchers, attorneys, economists, policy-makers and journalists Topics will range from the #MeToo movement at the workplace to the next U.S. census to the role of federal agencies in protecting workers.

Speakers include Pulitzer prize winning journalists Megan Twohey and Ellen Gabler from The New York Times, Patricia Shiu, the former director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Jordan Barab, former associate director at OSHA, Bernice Yeung from ProPublica, Paul Overberg from The Wall Street Journal, Debbie Berkowitz from the National Employment Law Project and many others. See the full list here.

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