Journalist kicks off MU lecture series

Monday, September 13, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 9:00 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Starting Tuesday, the Center for Religion, the Professions and the Public at MU will present a series of lectures highlighting different professions.

“The distinguished scholars are leaders in their fields and will discuss how religion, culture and ethics affect what they do,” said Ethan Henderson, office management associate for the center.

First in the Distinguished Lecture Series is nationally known journalist Geneva Overholser, who will deliver a speech titled “Toward a New Media Ethic for a New Media Environment.”

The free, public lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Roy Fisher Auditorium in Gannett Hall, on the north end of Francis Quadrangle.

Overholser, who is on the faculty at MU’s School of Journalism, will talk about new factors and challenges influencing journalism, such as increased competition, the economic pressures media owners face and the increased polarization of the country, said Tim Hill, outreach coordinator for the center.

The center is working on offering the lecture series every year. For information on the series or the center, call 882-2866 or look online at

Other guest lecturers

William F. May, “Venturing Beyond the Limits of Professionalism: Toward Professional Creativity,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Monsanto Auditorium in the Life Sciences Center.

Harold G. Koenig, “Religion, Spirituality and Health Care: History, Research, and Clinical and Societal Implications,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in Lester Bryant Auditorium at the School of Medicine.

Arshad Husain, “Trauma Recovery and Resilience: Lessons from War Zones,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in Lester Bryant Auditorium.

Douglas Hicks, “Is Creativity a Religious Concept?” 7:30 p.m. March 3 in Jesse Wrench Auditorium in Memorial Union.

Elaine Lawless, “Troubling Violence at Home: Creative Religious, Legal, Social and Ethical Responses to Abuse,” 4 p.m. April 28 in Allen Auditorium in the Arts and Sciences Building.

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