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Speakers Series

The Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media and DePauw's Media Fellows Program sponsor an ongoing Speakers Series which highlights various aspects of the media while also giving our students the chance to interact with working professionals and experts. These events are free and open to the public.


Mike Sear '90

Mike Sear '90

10 Tips for Landing your Dream Job

6:30 p.m. in Watson Forum
March 12, 2024


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A Documentary by international award-winning filmmaker Joel Fendelman
about Public Education and a rural Indiana community


October 12, 2023


Johnny Magdaleno


Kilgore Councilor for The DePauw

Johnny Magdaleno covers courts and legal affairs for IndyStar. He and two of his IndyStar colleagues were Pulitzer Prize finalists in 2022. Prior to joining the Star he worked as a freelance reporter in the U.S. and abroad for the New York Times, Al Jazeera, VICE News, Reuters, Newsweek and others.

October 11-12, 2023




Nolan Higdon is an author and university lecturer at Merrill College and the Education Department at University of California, Santa Cruz. Higdon’s areas of concentration include podcasting, digital culture, news media history, and critical media literacy. 

Digital Disinfowars:
A Critical Media Literacy Approach to Media Making and Disinformation

March 21, 2023


Thomas Morton - Vice


Participatory Journalism

Writer and television host - VICE

March 2, 2023


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THE JANES is the story of an underground network of women in Chicago in the late 60s and early 70s who provided safe, affordable, illegal abortions to women in need.

Viewing and Talk with co-director Emma Tildes
Emmy Nominated Filmmaker


Co-sponsored by the PCCM, Feminista,
The Women's Center, and Media Fellows

November 3, 2022


Art Silverblatt



Co-sponsored by the PCCM and Media Fellows

October 25, 2022


Eric Harvey

Eric Harvey

"Who Got The Camera?  A History of Rap and Reality"

Associate Professor in the School of Communications, 
Grand Valley State University

Thursday, October 6, 2022  


Dexter Thomas

Dexter Thomas

Japanese Rap Music and Remixing The News

Dexter Thomas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, and a correspondent for VICE News.

Co-sponsored with Media Fellows and The Tenzer Technology Center

Tuesday, September 13, 2022   


Ian Daniel

Ian Daniel '04

Film maker and Emmy-nominated Producer

Earth Week Speaker

 “Environmental Justice means Racial Justice:
Grassroots Movements, Indigenous Solutions,
and Storytelling for Social Change”

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 


Dave Jorgenson
Dave Jorgenson '13

Video Producer and the face of
The Washington Post Tik Tok Account


Watson Forum


Saturday, February 26, 2022 


Man On Fire
Man On Fire - Screening and Q&A 

Filmmakers Joel Fendelman and 
James Chase Sanchez


Peeler Art Center


Wednesday, September 1, 2021 


Stan McCoy '93

Can’t Touch This: Media, Innovation, and
in the
Intangible Economy


Stan McCoy '93
President and Managing Director of the
Motion Picture Association 
EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa)


April 15, 2021


Siva Vaidhyanathan

Moon's The U.S. Civil Rights Trail: A Traveller's Guide to the
People,Places, and 
Events that Made the Movement.


Deborah Douglas
Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished
Visiting Professor of Journalism

 View interview on cbs4

watch here 


February 25, 2021


 TV Journalism Panel - Suzanne Spencer '14 and Zach Crenshaw '14

"Why Local TV Journalism Matters: A Conversation
Suzanne Spencer '14 and Zach Crenshaw '14"


- Suzanne Spencer '14, Fox 6, Milwaukee
- Zach Crenshaw '14, ABC 15, Phoenix
hosted by Dr. Jonathan Nichols Pethick,
Director of Media Fellows, and Marilyn Culler,
Assoc. Director of Media Fellows 

November 12, 2020


Advertising, PR, Media Sales Industry Event

Advertising, Public Relations and Media Sales
Industry Event


- Jon Coffin ’06, SVP, Vox Global
- Holly Enneking ’08, VP Marketing, Lev
- Adam Gilbert '10, Head of Partnerships and 
Performance at Initiative and Initiative Wellness
- Grant Walters ’16, Senior Brand Planner,
Weber Shandwick


October 29, 2020


Covid and Media Panel

Covid-19 and the Media: How Media Coverage
Affected Americans

A virtual panel discussion featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning 
New York Times reporter Jim Stewart '73; Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism Deborah Douglas; Joan Konner Visiting Professor at Columbia School of Journalism Graduate School Meg Kissinger Boynton '79; Director of the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media and Director of Media Fellows Jonathan Nichols Pethick; and current students Ian Brundige '22 and Thomas Curdt '22.

Watch Here

Wednesday, September 30, 2020



Believed:  An Evening with 
Lindsey Smith and Kate Wells

Join the hosts of the Peabody Award winning podcast  
"Believed" from Michigan Public Radio.

"Believed" is an inside look at how a team of women won   
a conviction in the case against Larry Nassar, one of 
the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019


Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith

Investigative Journalist, ProPublica

"Journalism, Government Accountability, and the Future of 
'Muckrakery': Finding a New Model"

Monday, October 7, 2019


Siva Vaidhyanathan

Dr. Siva Vaidhyanathan

Director of the Center for Media and Citizenship
Media Studies Department
University of Virginia

   "Antisocial Media:  How Facebook Disconnects Us and     
Undermines Democracy"

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


Dick Johnson '76

Dick Johnson '76
Anchor/Reporter, NBC Chicago

         McWethy Mentor for WGRE and D3TV            

March 17-21, 2019


      John Strauss     

John Strauss
Digital Audience Growth Editor
Lumina Foundation
Indianapolis, IN

Kilgore Counselor for The DePauw

March 10-13, 2019


a selection of past speakers

Dr. Amanda Lotz '96

Dr. Amanda Lotz '96
prof. of communication
studies, Univ. of Michigan

The Kerner Commission 

The kerner commission 50 
years on:  miles to go

Lugar and Hamilton 

Sen. Richard Lugar
Rep. Lee Hamilton


indira lakshmanan
Washington columnist,
the boston globe


Lisa Frazier Page headshot 

Lisa frazier page
best-selling author

Craig Silverman

Craig Silverman
Media editor, buzzfeed

Jill Frederickson

JIll Frederickson '92

Kate Domaille
Kate Domaille
IES Study Abroad, London

David Dietz, Bess Evans, Duncan Wolfe

david dietz '11
bess evans '07
Duncan wolfe '11
The White house

Reuban Casteneda

ruben casteneda
US News and world report

Joe Lavine

Joe Lavine
Educator, profoto US

Ben Solomon, New York Times

Ben Solomon '10
New York Times

John Fortt

John Fortt

Ann Helen Petersen headshot

Ann Helen Petersen
Buzzfeed news

Mike Sear, Teamworks

Mike Sear
teamworks media

Graham Jones, Spotify
Graham James

Miranda SpivackMIranda spivack
Pulliam distinguished professor

Larry Krutchik

Larry Krutchik
Hill+KNowlton Strategies

Brian Lamb

Brian Lamb
C-SPAN Founder

Drew Powell

Drew Powell '98
TV and Film Actor

Dr. Lisa M. Pratt

Dr. Lisa M. Pratt
Chair, NASA Mars Exploration Analysis Group

Cindy Crowley

Candy Crowley
CNN Chief Political Correspondent

Bill Rasmussen

Bill Rasmussen '54
ESPN Founder

Chinonye Chukwu

Chinonye Chukwu '07
Writer, Film Director