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Meet the Author: Chris Nilan

Date/time: 
Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 12:00pm
Location: 
The Varsity Club, Matthews Arena
Type: 
author talk
Topic: 
Author Talks

Meet the Author: Chris Nilan

Fighting Back: The Chris Nilan Story

Meet former Northeastern student and NHL player Chris Nilan, who recently published his autobiography Fighting Back: The Chris Nilan Story. After playing hockey for the Northeastern Huskies, Nilan went on to play for the Montreal Canadiens, the New York Rangers, and the Boston Bruins, winning the Stanley Cup while with the Canadiens and breaking several records throughout his career. Nilan will discuss his Boston roots, his hockey career, his troubled post-hockey life, and his eventual triumph over his addictions.

 

Lunch provided.

 

Co-sponsored by the Northeastern Athletics

 

Meet the Author: Dan Kennedy

The Wired City: Reimagining Journalism and Civic Life in the Post-Newspaper Age
Date/time: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 12:00pm
Location: 
Snell Library Room 421
Type: 
author talk
Topic: 
Author Talks

 

In The Wired City, Dan Kennedy explores the ecosystem of online journalism at the local and regional level using the New Haven Independent, a nonprofit community website, as a case study. With the print newspaper industry taking a downturn in recent years, Internet news sources have been rushing in to fill the void. The Wired City tells the stories of those who are doing it right. With input from journalists, activists, and civic leaders, The Wired City is a testament to the potential of online journalism in the volatile and dynamic world of local and regional news.

Dan Kennedy is an assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University who writes on media issues for the Nieman Journalism Lab, the Huffington Post, and other publications and websites. He is a panelist on Beat the Press, a weekly program about media issues on WGBH-TV (Channel 2) in Boston. His work has an emphasis on blogging, multimedia, and social networks, and he teaches news reporting, media law, and other journalism courses.

Co-sponsored by the NU School of Journalism and the NU Libraries.

This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served.

Please contact Thomas Urell at T [dot] urell [at] neu [dot] edu with questions or to RSVP.

 

 

Meet the Author: Dollarocracy & Digital Disconnect

Bob McChesney & John Nichols
Date/time: 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 12:00pm
Location: 
90 Snell Library
Type: 
author talk
Topic: 
Author Talks

 

Meet the Author: Bob McChesney & John Nichols

 

Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America

In Dollarocracy, authors Bob McChesney and John Nichols reveal how big spending in recent elections has come to delude the democratic system. This, paired with the declining power of the news media, has made for an easy structure of manipulation in America. With reports and research on “the money power,” McChesney and Nichols make their case against this new corruptive system.

 

Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

Digital Disconnect examines the relationship between economic power and the digital world. Capitalism’s colonization of the Internet has had unforeseen effects on the integrity of journalism and privacy rights. Authors Bob McChesney and John Nichols provide the tools and urge readers to reclaim the digital revolution while it is still possible.

 

Robert McChesney is a professor in the department of Communications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has written and edited more than 15 books.

John Nichols is a political journalist for The Nation magazine and the associate editor of the Capital Times.

McChesney and Nichols are the founders of Free Press, a national media reform organization. They have written multiple books together, mostly focusing on the interaction of politics and media.

 

This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. Please contact Tom Urell at T [dot] urell [at] neu [dot] edu with questions.

Meet the Author: Laurie Edwards

In the Kingdom of the Sick: A Social History of Chronic Illness in America
Date/time: 
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 12:00pm
Location: 
421 Snell
Type: 
author talk
Topic: 
Author Talks

 

In recent years, there has been an alarming rise in illnesses that defy diagnosis through clinical tests or have no known cure. Millions of people, especially women, with illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome face skepticism from physicians and the public alike. And people with diseases as varied as cardiovascular disease, HIV, certain cancers, and Type 2 diabetes have been accused of causing preventable illnesses through their lifestyle choices. Through research and patient narratives, health writer Laurie Edwards explores patient rights, the role of social media in medical advocacy, the origins of our attitudes about chronic illness, and much more. 

Booklist recently gave In the Kingdom of the Sick a starred review, calling it “An indispensable book for anyone with or concerned about chronic disease, and everyone interested in the health professions,” and Kirkus Reviews called it “A timely call to attention to a global health problem.” 

Laurie Edwards has a BA from Georgetown University, an M.F.A. from Emerson College, and teaches health and science writing at Northeastern University. She’s written for the Boston Globe, the Boston Globe Magazine, and many other outlets, and her health care blog, A Chronic Dose, was featured in Wired as a go-to source for analysis of presidential health care platforms. In 2009, she was invited to participate in a round-table discussion about health care with President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Foundation. She’s particularly interested in patient engagement, social media and patient advocacy, and chronic illness and public health. Edwards is author of Life Disrupted, named one of 2008’s Best Consumer Health Books by Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly calls her “wise, generous, and a terrific storyteller.” Edwards is also a contributor to Cognoscenti, WBUR's ideas and opinions page, and has been published in the New York Times. 

 

 

This event if free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. Please contact Tom Urell at T [dot] urell [at] neu [dot] edu with questions or to RSVP.
 

Meet the Author: NU Journalism graduate Shelley Murphy

Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice
Date/time: 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 12:00pm
Location: 
421 Snell
Type: 
author talk
Topic: 
Author Talks

 

Meet the Author: NU Journalism graduate Shelley Murphy

Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice
By Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy

March 13th, 2013, 12:00pm
Snell Library 421

In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, award-winning Boston Globe reporters Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy follow Whitey Bulger’s extraordinary criminal career—from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders.

Based on exclusive access and previously undisclosed documents, Cullen and Murphy explore the truth of the Whitey Bulger story, including his triumphant emergence from the bloody Boston gang wars, his clandestine relationship with the FBI due to his role an informant against the Mafia, the murders of nineteen people, and his extreme values of honor and loyalty that proved dangerous for his community.

The result of Shelley Murphy and Kevin Cullen’s keen understanding of Bulger’s mindset while on the lam and behind bars is the first full portrait of this legendary criminal figure—a gripping story of wiseguys and cops, horrendous government malfeasance, and a sixteen-year manhunt that climaxed in Whitey’s dramatic capture in Santa Monica in June 2011.

 

 “This is the definitive story of Whitey Bulger. As much social documentary as riveting crime story, the book is a masterwork of reporting by Cullen and Murphy. I couldn’t put it down.”  — Michael Connelly, best-selling author of The Black Box

 

Shelley Murphy is a prize-winning Boston Globe reporter covering organized crime, homeland security, legal affairs, criminal and civil court cases.

Co-sponsored by the Northeastern University School of Journalism, the NU Libraries, and the NU Bookstore.

Meet the Author: Dina Nayeri

"A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea"
Date/time: 
Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:00pm
Location: 
90 Snell
Type: 
author talk
Topic: 
Author Talks

 

A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea is a stunning debut novel that is a beautifully written, spellbinding story about a girl who, separated from her mother and twin sister during the chaos following the Iranian Revolution, uses her powerful imagination and obsession with Western culture to escape the turmoil surrounding her. Inspired by the author’s personal desire to reconnect with her roots after having fled Iran as a child, A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea begins with 11-year-old Saba Hafezi as she watches her mother and twin sister board a plane to America. Saba is left behind, and over the next decade she imagines an idyllic American life for her twin sister, one that also gives Saba the strength and freedom she needs to cope with the limited possibilities and cruelty of her life in Iran. 
 

Dina Nayeri was born in Tehran during the revolution and immigrated to Oklahoma at 10-years-old. She has a B.A. from Princeton and a Master of Education and M.B.A. from Harvard. She is a Truman Capote Fellow and a Teaching Writing Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. 

This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. Please contanct Tom Urell at t [dot] urell [at] neu [dot] edu with questions or to RSVP.

 

 

Canceled- Meet the Author: Katherine Keenum

"Where the Light Falls" A Novel
Date/time: 
Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 12:00pm
Location: 
90 Snell
Type: 
author talk
Topic: 
Author Talks

 

This event has been canceled.

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As the Belle Epoque dawns, Paris attracts artists from everywhere. One is Jeanette Palmer, the daughter of a prominent Ohio family who has left Vassar College under a cloud of scandal. Amid the city’s great bohemian neighborhoods and teaching studios Jeanette befriends other female artists, as well as an American Civil War veteran named Edward Murer. She begins to achieve a level of artistic success, and her happiness increases as she and Edward grow more intimate with each other. But Edward is plagued by his demons and addicted to laudanum—and as the world opens its arms to Jeanette, and the society around her is transformed by cultural and scientific innovation, she must resolve a conflict utterly new to so many women: the choice between ambition and love.  

 

Katherine Keenum holds a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Texas. She is a former editor of the Publications Program for the Council on East Asian Studies at Harvard University, and has also taught writing at Yale.
 

This event if free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. Please contact Tom Urell at T [dot] urell [at] neu [dot] edu with questions or to RSVP.

 

 

Meet the Author: Jonathan Katz

“The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster”
Date/time: 
Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 12:00pm
Location: 
90 Snell
Type: 
author talk
Topic: 
Author Talks

 

On January 12, 2010, the deadliest earthquake in the history of the Western Hemisphere struck Haiti, the nation least prepared to handle it. In this visceral, authoritative first-hand account, Jonathan Katz, the only full-time American correspondent in Haiti at the time, chronicles the terror of that day, the devastation visited on ordinary Haitians, and how the world reacted to a nation in need. The Big Truck that Went By presents a sharp critique of international aid: the way wealthy countries give aid makes poor countries irredeemably hopeless, while trapping millions in cycles of privation and catastrophe. Katz follows the money to uncover startling truths about how good intentions go wrong, and what can be done to make aid smarter.

Jonathan Katz was the 2010 recipient of the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism and the 2012 winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Aware for The Big Truck that Went By. He wrote and edited for the Associated Press for seven years, three and a half of which he spent as a correspondent in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Department of International Affairs, the School of Journalism, and the NU Bookstore.

This event is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. Please contanct Tom Urell at t [dot] urell [at] neu [dot] edu with questions or to RSVP.

 

 

Meet the Artist: Rufus Butler Seder and Meredith Bak

Date/time: 
Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 4:30pm
Location: 
Room 90 Snell
Type: 
author talk
exhibit
other
Topic: 
Author Talks

 

Media and Screen Studies, the Department of Art + Design, and Snell Library at Northeastern University present artist and inventor Rufus Butler Seder, with respondent Meredith Bak, Artemis A. W. and Martha Joukowsky Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University.

Boston area artist/inventor Rufus Butler Seder makes movies without film, video, electricity or motors.  His LIFETILES murals, installed around the world, contain life-sized images that appear to move when people walk by them.  He is the author of the bestselling Scanimation® kids’ books (like GALLOP, STAR WARS Scanimation®and The Wizard of Oz Scanimation®) where images come to life when the pages are turned.  In “Magic, Art, and Motion Pictures,” he explains how and why he does what he does, touching on the history of motion picture devices and toys, his own award-winning independent films, the optically animated art of others, and his ongoing exploration into new ways of making pictures move.

Meredith Bak holds a PH.D in Film and Media Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Her research is on technologies of vision and pre-cinematic optical toys. She will provide a response that locates Seder’s work in the broader context of optical art and illusion. 

Contact:  Carol Medige mscr [at] neu [dot] edu

 
 
 
 

CANCELED: Meet the Author: Tim Pat Coogan

The Famine Plot: England’s Role in Ireland’s Greatest Tragedy
Date/time: 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 12:00pm
Location: 
TBD
Type: 
author talk
Topic: 
Author Talks

We apologize for the last-minute notice, but the Tim Pat Coogan event has been CANCELED, we hope to reschedule for another time.

 

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