Excerpts from the 'Can freedom of the press survive media consolidation?' conference run last month on the campus of the University of Illinois. This segment features presentations by John Nichols, Len Hill and Orville Schell.
David Roediger of the history department at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, he teaches the history of race and class in the United States. We will be discussing his latest book, Working Toward Whiteness, which focuses on the early 20th century to recount how American ethnic groups now considered white, such as Italian-, and Jewish-Americans, once occupied a confused racial status in their new country. Roediger's earlier book, The Wages of Whiteness, is a now-classic text examining similar issues in the 19th century.
Danny Schecter the "News Dissector.
Tracy Van Slyke and Jessica Clark. Van Slyke is the acting publisher and Clark is the managing editor of In These Times, an independent magazine based in Chicago.
Norman Solomon, a syndicated columnist on media and politics. His weekly column Media Beat has been in national syndication since 1992. Solomon's new book War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death was published in early summer 2005 by John Wiley & Sons.