Hearst Distinguished Lecture Series2023-02-01T18:42:24+00:00

Hearst Distinguished Lecture Series

The virtual Hearst Distinguished Lecture Series welcomes a diverse mix of industry leaders to share their experiences, expertise and insightful perspectives on a variety of topics related to communication. These distinguished guest speakers provide opportunities for thought-provoking discussions and underscore our commitment to investing in students, alumni, faculty and the world around us.

The lecture series is co-coordinated by faculty members Alejandro Alvarado, Adriênne D. Bolden, Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver and Laura Kurtzberg and is funded by a generous endowment from the Hearst Foundation. For more information, contact Alejandro Alvarado at jalvarad@fiu.edu

Journalism and the Dangers of Being Neutral

By Jorge Ramos

Award-winning journalist

November 8, 12pm ET, MARC 290 (MMC)

Race, Censorship, Civility and More: The Road Ahead

Critical Conversations

Carmella Glover

Executive director, Diversity Action Alliance

Carmella Glover joined Page as the director of DE&I in August of 2020 and has been executive director of the Diversity Action Alliance since July of 2019. In her role, she provides strategic direction for Page’s DE&I initiatives. She oversees the operations, programs, budget and strategic plan of the Diversity Action Alliance (DAA).

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Jay Francis

Vice president of current series and diversity, Disney TV Animation

As VP of current series and diversity for Disney TV Animation, Jay Francis has been instrumental in the development and creative management of a long list of successful animated series for both Disney Channel and Disney XD. He recently expanded his role to work closely with the development and recruitment teams to identify, secure and mentor diverse creative talent for Disney TV Animation and Disney Junior.

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Eric M. Winkfield

Vice president, M Booth and M Booth Health

Eric M. Winkfield is a vice president at M Booth and M Booth Health leading the firm’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) initiatives. As a practitioner, his scope includes strategically counseling key corporate clients, adding depth in reputation management, public affairs and issues and crisis management.

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February 23, 1:30 p.m.

Ricardo Trotti

Executive director, Inter American Press Society

Ricardo Trotti is the executive director at the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA), based in Miami, Florida. Previously, he was the director of the IAPA Press Freedom Program and director of the Press Institute. Among his responsibilities, Trotti manages the office and diverse programs such as journalism investigation projects, the Unpunished Crimes Against Journalists Program and monitors violations against freedom of the press in the Americas.

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March 22, 3:30 p.m.

Karla Kennedy, Ph.D

Assistant Teaching Professor, CARTA Director of Online Learning

Dr. Karla D. Kennedy is a Florida native who has been involved in student speech and publications since her days in junior high school. Kennedy, a strong advocate for the freedoms and rights of students and student journalists, has advised various high school media for 19 years in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She served as the first Scholastic Journalism Outreach Coordinator for the University of Oregon at the George S. Turnbull Center located in downtown Portland, as well as the Executive Director of the Northwest Scholastic Press Association from 2012 to 2015.

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Jeff Kosseff

Assistant professor of cybersecurity law in the United States Naval Academy’s Cyber Science Department

His latest book, The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet, a history of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, was published in 2019 by Cornell University Press. Early next year, Cornell will publish his next book, United States of Anonymous, a history of anonymous speech in the United States. He also is the author of Cybersecurity Law, a textbook and treatise published by Wiley in 2017, with a second edition released in 2019.

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April 8, 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Jon Meacham, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Jon Meacham

Presidential historian and author

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. A contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Meacham is a highly sought-after commentator, regularly appearing on CNN and MSNBC. Known as a skilled orator with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs, Meacham brings historical context to the issues and events impacting our daily lives.

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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.


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.

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.

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.”

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.