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FAU Jupiter Presents Alex S. Jones to Discuss “Losing the News”

3rd Judy and Donald Smith Visiting Scholar to Lecture to Lifelong Learning Society and MacArthur Campus Students

            JUPITER, FL (December 23, 2009) - Florida Atlantic University’s John D. MacArthur campus will present a lecture by Alex S. Jones on Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 7 p.m. The lecture will take place in the Lifelong Learning Society complex at FAU, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and journalist, argues that “What is passed off as news is actually entertainment.” Jones covered the press for The New York Times from 1983 to 1992, and for the past eight years has been director of Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

Jones is co-author with Susan E. Tifft of The Patriarch: The Rise and Fall of the Bingham Dynasty and The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind The New York Times, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has been host of National Public Radio’s On the Media and host and executive editor of the PBS show Media Matters.

            In addition to his presentation on January 14, Jones will also speak at the Wilkes Honors College weekly forum.

Through the generosity of two Lifelong Learning Society members, the Judy and Donald Smith Visiting Scholar program was established in 2008. For more information or to reserve a ticket, contact the Lifelong Learning Society at 561-799-8667 or 561-799-8547. 


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