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October 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Studio 1 at the Grand
818 N Market St
Wilmington, DE 19801
Delaware Humanities

“We’re not at war, we’re at work.” That is how Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron urges his newsroom to see their role amidst all the rhetorical broadsides about “fake news” and “alternative facts.” But can professional, evidence-led, fair-minded journalism survive in this era of political polarization and active international propaganda campaigns on social media? The evidence so far is that it can. From unearthing the facts that sparked the #MeToo movement and exposing the abuse scandal at USA Gymnastics, to investigative reporting that have forced free-spending cabinet officials to resign, professional reporters in diverse newsrooms have responded to the populist moment and the attacks on their credibility by demonstrating the enduring importance of a free press. Steve Coll, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism and twice a Pulitzer Prize winner, will discuss the press’s sources of durability and strength as well as its failings and vulnerabilities.

A cocktail hour with a cash bar will begin at 5:30 PM. The lecture will begin at 6:30 PM.

We thank the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this lecture and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

Program Description

Join us Thursday, October 18 at 6:30 PM for the 2018 Annual Lecturer.  Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia School of Journalism and two time Pulitzer Prize winner, will be giving the lecture Journalism in the "Fake News" Era. A cocktail hour with a cash bar will begin at 5:30 PM.  The lecture will begin at 6:30 PM.  This lecture is free, but registration is requested.

About Dr. Joseph P. del Tufo

The Annual Lecture memorializes and honors Dr. Joseph P. del Tufo, an admired member of the Delaware Humanities Council. In 1979, Dr. del Tufo was named the first recipient of the Delaware Humanities Award. After his death that same year, the award was renamed in his honor to recognize academic accomplishment and commitment to providing accessible humanities programs for public enrichment. The capstone of the Delaware Humanities year, every October we bring a notable scholar or artist to Delaware for the Joseph P. del Tufo Annual Lecture.  Past speakers include Professor N. D. B. Connolly, Professor Jane E. Calvert, Professor Mark D. Jordan, and actress Cicely Tyson.