Roger Ebert passed away yesterday - it's a great loss for movie lovers everywhere, and it's being felt very deeply among film critics. He was possibly the most infleuntial critic ever, and a staple of the Chicago film community. Even after Ebert became hobbled by cancer, he still showed up, several times a week, to see movies in the press screening rooms across the city. He would sit in the back, on the aisle, next to the door. We're joined by Scott Tobias, Film Editor at the AV Club, and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of Roger-Ebert-dot-com to discuss his imfluence on film criticism.
Joseph Torres, Senior External Affairs Director, Free Press; co-author, News for All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media
When we think about the history of media in America, it’s easy to think of it in terms of technology – from the rise of newspapers to radio to television to the Internet and beyond. Or you could look at media as a vehicle for reflecting and even contributing to social change – from Colonial-era newspapers encouraging the American Revolution to TV cameras bringing the civil rights movement into 1960s-era living rooms. But there are other ways to examine media in America. Joseph Torres, along with co-author Juan Gonzalez, recently placed the history of media under a different sort of prism – that of race. In their book News for All The People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media, Torres and Gonzalez explore how America’s racial divisions have played a major role in the development of our media system. Joseph Torres will appear at this week's Grassroots Radio Conference in Champaign/Urbana.
Marina Terkourafi, U of I Assistant Professor and Director of Modern Greek Studies
Stephen Lyons, Writer, a two-time recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship for prose writing and a Pushcart Prize nominee; author of three books, most recently The 1,000-Year Flood: Destruction, Loss, Rescue and Redemption Along the Mississippi River
With Angelina Cotler (Associate Director at the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.)
With Janet A. Flammang, Ph.D. (Professor and Chair of Political Science, Santa Clara University)
With Bryant Simon, Ph.D. (Professor of History and Director of American Studies,Temple University)
With Hank Stuever (Award-Winning Pop Culture Writer, Washington Post's Style Section)
With Jessica DuLong (United States Coast Guard-Licensed Merchant Marine Officer and Fireboat Engineer; Journalist)