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Hearst Distinguished Lecture Series

The Hearst Distinguished Lecture Series brings luminaries from the fields of communication to share their experiences and wisdom with the students at the SCJ. The lecture series is co-coordinated by faculty members Moses Shumow, Neil Reisner, Kate McMillin, Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver, and Robert Gutsche Jr. and funded by a generous endowment from the Hearst Foundation. For more information contact Moses Shumow at

Steve Wozniak

MARCH 15, 2013

A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh.

Yoani Sanchez

Yoani Sanchez

APRIL 1, 2013

Cuban blogger and independent journalist Yoani Sánchez received FIU’s Medallion of Courage on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center.   Her lecture was entitled “Can Technologies and Social Media Accelerate Cuba’s Democratization?”

Larry King

MARCH 28, 2013

The former host of Larry King Live on CNN, Larry King has conducted nearly 50,000 interviews and remained a staple of nighttime news for 25 years.

Samuel Freedman

MAY 13, 2013

Freedman is a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, New York Times religion columnist and author of several prize-winning books.

His “Letters to a Young Journalist,” is among the very best introductions to journalism as it’s practiced on the ground. His view of journalism, past, present and future, is insightful and sometimes controversial.

Richard Ross

MAY 13, 2013

Richard Ross is a photographer, researcher and professor of art based in Santa Barbara, California. Ross has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Fulbright, and the Center for Cultural Innovation.


OCT 24, 2013

GAP’s American Whistleblower Tour: Essential Voices for Accountability was a dynamic collegiate Tour that sought to educate the public − particularly the country’s incoming workforce − about the important role whistleblowers play in holding institutions accountable and protecting the public interest.

Iconic Pulitzer Prize Photographs

JAN 29, 2014

Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs, the most comprehensive exhibition of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled, opened at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum. Included were the winning images from 1942, the year of the first photography award, all the way through the 2013 winners.



FEB 5, 2014

ECOMB’s Cinema Green Climate Change Series was a three-month look at climate change, its importance as well as its relevance to Miami Beach and the South Florida Region.

Martin Baron

NOV 19, 2014

Martin Baron, the Executive Editor of The Washington Post, was brought to give a speech entitled, “Media, journalism, and the future of news in the Digital Age.”

Sree Sreenivasan

MARCH 23, 2015

Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) is the first Chief Digital Officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Met, he leads a 70-person world-class team on topics he loves: digital, social, mobile, video, apps, email, interactives, data and more.

Carlos Chamorro

Carlos Fernando Chamorro

SEPT 15, 2015

Carlos Fernando Chamorro is an investigative journalist, host and editor of major radio and television programs and publications. A former Sandinista and current voice of opposition, Chamorro remains a leading public intellectual.

Geneva Overholser

Geneva Overholser

OCT 7, 2016

Geneva Overholser is a senior fellow and consultant at the Democracy Fund, as well as a senior fellow at the Center for Communication Leadership and Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.


A Talk with South Florida Pulitzer Prize Winners

MARCH 31, 2016

The SJMC celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes with South Florida winning teams from the Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald. The panels discussed how these inspiring reporters and photographers got that exceptional story or photo.

SUsan Goldberg

Susan Goldberg

APRIL 21, 2016

Susan Goldberg is Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor In Chief of National Geographic Magazine. As Editorial Director, she is in charge of all publishing ventures, including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, children and family, and travel and adventure.


Clyde Butcher

NOV 1, 2016

Clyde Butcher is an environmental photographer known for his photography of Florida’s landscape. Through his work, Butcher exhibits the beauty of Florida’s nature while strongly advocating for conservation efforts.

Robert E. Pierre

MARCH 6-7, 2017

Robert E. Pierre is President of Bald Cypress and has more than two decades of journalism experience, primarily reporting and editing at The Washington Post. Robert was part of the team of metro reporters who won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for coverage of the shooting massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007.

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