Kent State University Libraries Celebrates Constitution Day
Every year, Kent State University Libraries hosts an event that provides education on constitutional issues. This year’s Constitution Day event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the first-floor quiet study area at the University Library. Lorraine Baumgardner, attorney at law and member of the Kent State University Libraries Council, will address the First Amendment. There will be a Q-and-A session following her lecture.
“When deciding on whom to have speak at these events, we try to find someone with a Kent State connection who is interested in constitutional issues,” says Karen Hillman, director of marketing, communications and public relations for University Libraries. “We want to make this an educational and diverse event.”
Hillman estimated last year’s event brought in 40 to 50 people, and she is expecting a big turnout this year as well. The event will include exhibits and television presentations in addition to Baumgardner’s presentation. Refreshments will be provided, and the event is free and open to the public.
“Our goal is for the attendees to walk away with a better understanding of the First Amendment and an appreciation for our freedom of speech,” says Hillman.
For more information, contact Hillman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Kent State’s Office of Global Education Offers New Language Series Program
Kent State University’s Office of Global Education is sponsoring a new event open to all students, faculty and staff at no cost. The Survival Language Series will offer a crash course on basic language skills every other week during the semester beginning Friday, Sept. 20.
Each week’s session will be taught by a native language speaker, and each event will offer a different language. The Survival Language Series will begin with Arabic on Friday, Sept. 20, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and will be held in Room 206 of the Multicultural Center in the Kent Student Center. The second event of the semester will take place Oct. 4 and will offer Mandarin Chinese.
If you are interested in leading a class, have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Alana Baudo in the Office of Global Education at email@example.com. For future Survival Language Series events, please refer to the International Student and Scholar Services calendar at www.kent.edu/isss/index.cfm.
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Register Now for the Fall 2013 Bowman Breakfast
The fall 2013 Bowman Breakfast will take place at Kent State University in the Kent Student Center Ballroom on Wednesday, Oct. 2. Doors open at 7 a.m., breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program will follow at 8 a.m. The featured speaker is Marcello Fantoni, Ph.D., associate provost for global education at Kent State. Fantoni will speak on the topic “The International City of Kent.”
The cost to attend is $10 per person at the door, payable by cash or check. No invoicing is available for this event, and payment at the door is required.
Reservations can be completed online or by contacting Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Thursday, Sept. 26. No shows will be billed. If you find you cannot attend, please contact Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or email@example.com to cancel your reservation by Sept. 26.
Kent State is committed to making its programs and activities accessible to those individuals with disabilities. If you or a member of your family will need an interpreter or any other accessibility accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the university’s accessibility liaison Jacqueline Gee by phone at 330-672-8667, by video phone at 330-931-4441 or via email at accessKSU@kent.edu.
The Bowman Breakfast, a tradition since 1963, is sponsored by Kent State and the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Curator and Guardian of the Dead Sea Scroll Collection to Speak at Kent State University
Adolfo Roitman, Ph.D., curator of the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scroll collection at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, will speak about “The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls for Judaism and Christianity” at Kent State University on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva. A dessert reception will follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.
The lecture is presented by Kent State’s Jewish Studies Program, with support from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Philosophy.
“It’s very exciting when we can host a world-class scholar at Kent State, especially on a topic that has a wide appeal and profound historical and archaeological implications,” says Chaya Kessler, director of the Jewish Studies Program at Kent State. “Dr. Roitman is a dynamic speaker with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls, from discovery to storage, as well as the extensive scholarship that has taken place surrounding the scrolls. Anyone that has an interest in the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls should make it a point to attend his lecture at the Kiva on Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m.”
Roitman, a senior lecturer at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, lectures widely on early Jewish literature, the history and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls and biblical interpretation. He also has served as a visiting scholar at universities across the United States and Central and South America.
He is the author of several books about the Dead Sea Scrolls, including The Sectarians from Qumran: Daily Life of the Essenes (Barcelona: Ediciones Martínez Roca, 2000, in Spanish) and A Day at Qumran: The Dead Sea Sect and Its Scrolls (Jerusalem: The Israel Museum, 1997).
An ordained conservative rabbi, Roitman earned his Ph.D. in Ancient Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1993. His fields of research include comparative religion, anthropological science and art history. He is a member of the World Union of Jewish Studies and the Society of Biblical Literature.
For more information about the lecture at Kent State, contact Kessler at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Odell-Scott at email@example.com.
For more information about Kent State’s Jewish Studies Program, visit www.kent.edu/CAS/JewishStudiesProgram.
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National Ethics Conference Focuses on Entertainment Journalism at Ninth Workshop
Industry experts will discuss topics such as Privacy vs. Adoration, Access to Celebrities, How to Get a Job in Entertainment Media, Stalking and Paparazzi, and Dealing with Publicity and Press Agents
Celebrities are followed by the paparazzi, have minimal privacy and are constantly in the public eye, yet they still want and need fans and attention. That attention, in the form of entertainment media ethics, is the focus of this year’s Poynter Kent State University Media Ethics Workshop, “That’s Entertainment?” The ninth annual event will take place at Kent State’s Franklin Hall on Thursday, Sept. 19.
“We picked entertainment ethics because there’s so much entertainment and celebrity journalism available in all media, whether it’s TV, online, magazines or newspapers, including tabloids,” says Jan Leach, workshop organizer and associate professor in Kent State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. “There’s so much spin from publicity departments, movie studios and elsewhere. The news is often part truth and part rumor, but consumers may not know how to distinguish between them. There are so many responsibilities for entertainment journalists.”
Additional workshop speakers, in addition to Kelly McBride and Ellyn Angelotti of the Poynter Institute, include:
- Mark Avsec – Keynote speaker. Entertainment lawyer, professor and former performer and songwriter of the funk-rock band Wild Cherry.
- Glenn Gamboa – Newsday's chief pop music critic. Gamboa headed the paper's team chronicling the impact of hip-hop in America, a project that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2005.
- Nekesa Moody – Entertainment editor for the Associated Press.
- Andrew Hampp – senior branding correspondent for Billboard Magazine.
- Todd Mesek – Vice president of marketing and communications for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Mesek is a Kent State School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumnus.
- Jack Breslin – Associate professor at Iona College in New York. Breslin did publicity for “Late Night With David Letterman” and worked on “America’s Most Wanted” for Fox.
- Bill Frakes – Photographer for Sports Illustrated.
- Kyle Michael Miller – Social media producer for the fourth hour of NBC’s "Today Show" and Kent State School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumnus.
- Brittany Moseley – Associate editor of Alternative Press, which is known for breaking news on musical artists like Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fall Out Boy and others. Moseley is also a Kent State School of Journalism and Mass Communication alumna.
- Matthew Parrish –Attorney with Calfee, Halter and Griswold in Cincinnati and a Kent State political science and Honors College alumnus. Parrish represents musicians, writers, performers and filmmakers and was named “2012 Leading Entertainment Lawyer” in Newsweek magazine.
- Gene Shelton – Kent State School of Journalism and Mass Communication associate professor and former writer and publicist for Motown Records. Shelton also worked at CBS Records, Columbia and Epic. At Epic, Shelton was Michael Jackson's press agent and wrote the biography for the multi-platinum LP “Off The Wall.”
- George Thomas – Sportswriter for the Akron Beacon Journal.
- Katy Coduto – Kent State journalism student who writes for London-based Hi! Magazine.
- Wendy Wyatt – Associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication and Journalism at St. Thomas University in Minnesota. Wyatt is the author of The Ethics of Reality TV: A Philosophical Examination (Continuum, 2012).
Topics will include:
- The New Ethics of Journalism
- It’s All Make-Believe…Why Ethics in Entertainment Matters
- Privacy vs. Adoration: Celebrity News as Journalism? Gossip? Both or Neither?
- Great Expectations: Who Gets Access to Celebrities and How?
- So You Want to Walk the Red Carpet? How to Get a Job in Entertainment Media
- Act 2: Getting the Story and Vetting the Story: Paparazzi, Stalking, Ambush Interviews, Social Media.
- Encore: Agents, Publicists, Legal Reps
“Entertainment media ethics should appeal to professionals, educators and students, and the public because so many people are fascinated by and obsessed with celebrity news and information,” Leach says. “Getting that news and information to a wide audience still requires commitment to accuracy, but journalistic commitment can be thwarted by publicists and others who want tight control of a celebrity’s image and schedule.”
The program will draw a national audience through live streaming and mobile devices. In-person attendees and Web viewers can contribute to discussions and ask questions via Twitter, using the hashtag #ksuethics13.
“I hope attendees, in person and those who view online, come away with a better understanding that entertainment media and celebrity journalism are still about telling stories and the foundation of that storytelling is, or should be, the truth,” Leach says. “There are guidelines for sources, celebrities and journalists that should be respected, such as privacy and harm, and issues that should be addressed, such as access and legal rights.”
What: Ninth annual Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop, “That’s Entertainment?” focuses on entertainment ethics
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19
Where: FirstEnergy Auditorium in Franklin Hall, 550 Hilltop Drive, Kent State University
Cost: $25 for media and public relations professionals, $20 for educators and FREE for students
Event website for details and registration: http://mediaethics.jmc.kent.edu/2013
Questions: Contact Jan Leach, 330-672-4289 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Poynter Kent State Media Ethics Workshop is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Akron Beacon Journal, the Akron Area Chapter of Public Relations Society of America, Kent State University, the College of Communication and Information, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and TeleProductions.
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