Fall 2013 Events Schedule

School of Communication and Media

LGBT Issues in Sports

Colloquium Series, Salon Series, Speakers' Series,
and Special Projects

(For Film Forum, go to: Fall 2013 Film Forum Schedule)                

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Colloquium Carr Lovey

September 25, 2:30-3:45 p.m. The Fight for Democracy: Improving Media at the Local and National Levels

(Colloquium Series)

A roundtable discussion with Tim Karr of FreePress and Chuck Lovey of Voice for New Jersey, moderated by Debra Galant, Director of NJ News Commons. Location: Richardson Hall, Room 120.


LGBT Issues in Sports

October 2, 2013, LGBT Issues in Sports

(Special Projects)

SCM sponsored a panel discussion "LGBT Issues in Sports" at the Yogi Berra Museum Museum and Learning Center. Panelists included Jane McManus from espnnewyork.com, Jared Max, former ESPN New York and WCBS radio reporter and host, plus Athlete Ally founder Hudson Taylor. The panel discussed the issues facing the LGBT community in sports, including a discussion of the controversy surrounding the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia, where a law bans "homosexual propaganda." (Pictured from left to right: SCM Professor Marc Rosenweig, Jane McManus from espnnewyork.com, former ESPN New York and WCBS radio reporter and host Jared Max, and Athlete Ally founder Hudson Taylor.)



October 9, 2013, 2:30-4 p.m. Brooke Hammerling, Founder,
Brew Media Relations 

(Colloquium Series)

Brooke Hammerling is a Public Relations maven at Brew Media Relations, an aggressive PR firm with a who's who of startup luminaries, including GroupMe, Zong, Bluefin Labs, Adaptly, and Wordpress. Register here.


Salon Series Dawn Porter

October 9, 2013, 8-9:30 p.m. Crisis in American Criminal Justice System: The Cycle of Injustice From Arrest and Incarceration to Re-entry

(Salon Series)

Featured panelists include: Dawn PorterDavid Fathi, and Jessica S. Henry. A clip from “Gideon’s Army”will start the program. Merrill Brown, Director of the School of Communication and Media, will moderate the evening. The event is free and open to the public.

Location: University Hall Conference Center
For further information: Contact Emily Eldridge (973-979-7933) or Stephanie Wood (woods@mail.montclair.edu.)



October 22, 2013, 1-2:15 p.m. The Inside Story Behind the Daily Show

(Colloquium Series)

A lively conversation between Kahane Cooperman, the co-executive producer of The Daily Show and Merrill Brown, Director of the School of Communication and Media. Location: University Hall, Room 1070

Kahane Cooperman is the co-executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has been with the show since its inception in 1996, serving as field producer, senior producer and supervising producer before becoming the co-executive producer in 2005. For her work on the show, she has received eight Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. Kahane began her career as a documentary filmmaker. Her documentary Making Dazed, about the cult-classic feature film Dazed and Confused, was broadcast on AMC in September 2005 and was released on a Criterion Collection DVD in 2006. Additional work includes producing the documentary feature Heidi Fleiss Hollywood Madam, directed by Nick Broomfield, for the BBC and HBO. Her documentary skills were honed at Maysles Films in New York, where she worked for the team of veteran filmmakers from 1988 to 1993. Her documentary film Cool Water premiered at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival. After earning her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Chicago, she received an MFA from Columbia University in film directing and screenwriting. Register here.


Ben Kalina

October 30, 2013, 2:30-4 p.m. Smarter than the Storm.

(Colloquium Series)

Documentary filmmaker Ben Kalina will screen excerpts from his film ‘Shored Up’ that examines coastal development and rising sea levels in the U.S. Kalina will discuss the process of making the documentary and the issues it raises. Location: Richardson Hall, Room 120

Ben Kalina is a documentary filmmaker whose interests are situated at the juncture of science, the environment and the human experience on the front lines of climate change.  His current documentary, Shored Up, is about coastal development and rising sea levels in the U.S. in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and will be nationally broadcast on DirecTV beginning on October 24th.  He was the Associate Producer of A Sea Change, the acclaimed documentary about ocean acidification broadcast on Discovery’s Planet Green in 2009, and Two Square Miles, about a small town’s fight to prevent a coal-fired cement plant from building in their midst, broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens in 2006.  He has won awards for his films Diorama, Education on the Rosebud Reservation and Radical Notions, including grand prize awards at film festivals in the United States and Europe.  Ben has an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University and a BA from Vassar College. Register here.

Joe Nocera

November 6, 2013, 2:30-4 p.m.‌  Covering Misdeeds whether on Wall Street
or at the NCAA.

(Colloquium Series)

A conversation with New York Times Columnist Joe Nocera who will discuss the experience of covering financial scandals involving major financial and university institutions. Location: Richardson Hall, Room 120

Joe Nocera is an Op-Ed columnist. Before joining The Opinion Pages in April 2011, he wrote the Talking Business column for The New York Times each Saturday and was a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine. In addition to his work at The Times, he serves as a regular business commentator for NPR's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon. Before joining The Times in 2005, Mr. Nocera spent 10 years at Fortune Magazine, where he held a variety of positions, including contributing writer, editor-at-large and executive editor. His last position at Fortune was editorial director.

Mr. Nocera has won three Gerald Loeb awards, including the 2008 award for commentary, and three John Hancock awards for excellence in business journalism. A 2007 Pulitzer finalist, he is the author of three books.  "A Piece of the Action: How the Middle Class Joined the Money Class," (Touchstone, 1995) won the New York Public Library's 1995 Helen Bernstein Award as the best non-fiction book of the year. He has also written “Good Guys and Bad Guys: Behind The Scenes With The Saints and Scoundrels of American Business (and Everything In Between)” (Portfolio, 2008), and, most recently, "All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis (Portfolio 2010), which he co-authored with Bethany McLean. Register here.

David Westin

November 12, 2013, 2:30-3:45pm. Television News in the Digital Era.

(Colloquium Series)

A conversation between David Westin, digital media advisor and former President of ABC News  and Merrill Brown, Director of the School of Communication and Media on the influence of television news on public engagement in the digital age. Location: University Hall, Room 1010

David Westin is the author of Exit Interview, the story of what went on behind the scenes at ABC News during the 14 years he was president, covering stories from the death of Princess Diana to the impeachment of a president to the tie election of 2000 to 9/11 and the wars in Afghanistan and New York. Westin currently advises companies on digital and media issues. He was President & CEO of NewsRight, which he helped found in 2011 with the support of the AP and 28 news company investors, including the Associated Press, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Hearst, and Germany’s Axel Springer.

From 1997 through the end of 2010, Westin was President of ABC News. During that time, he oversaw coverage of President Clinton’s impeachment, the 2000 election, the 9/11 attacks, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the economic crisis of 2008. At the same time, the television news industry was undergoing fundamental change, with the advent of Fox News and MSNBC and the explosive growth of the Internet. Under his direction, ABC News launched its website, ABCNews.com; started the first live, streaming 24-hour news service, ABC News Now; and transformed the ways that it collected, produced, and reported the news through extensive use of digital technology. During Westin’s tenure, ABC News earned 11 George Foster Peabody Awards, 13 Alfred I. DuPont Awards, four George Polk Awards, more than 40 News & Documentary Emmys, and more than 40 Edward R. Murrow Awards. Register here.

Lance Gould

November 20, 2013, 2:30-4 p.m.  Lance Gould, Executive Education Director for Huffington Post

(Colloquium Series)

This colloquium session will be hosted by Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey and features a discussion with Huffington Post Senior Editor Lance Gould.  Sacirbey and Gould will discuss how new media is changing the way nations interact and how average citizens can now have direct impact in world politics. Location: University Hall, Room 1020

Gould and Ambassador Mo met twenty years ago at the United Nations as a journalist and diplomat respectively. It was a time of great tumult as the old Iron Curtain had collapsed and the former Yugoslavia was disintegrating in a series of conflicts and genocide (Ambassador Sacirbey represented Bosnia & Herzegovina at the UN). Traditional diplomacy was already losing its hold in favor of more transparency and public outreach. Today, journalism is undergoing rapid transformation and diplomacy has gone mainstream through the new media and revolution in communication. The Huffington Post has become a compelling platform that, and along with social media, offers citizens the possibility of greater interaction and access to international political and intellectual leaders.

Lance Gould is Executive Special Projects Editor for The Huffington Post (AOL). As Op-ed editor, he is responsible for making sure content on HuffPost blog platform reflects zeitgeist/news Cycle (Oklahoma tornadoes, Boston-marathon bombing, Syria, “Breaking Bad,” etc.), as well as forming blog-series partnerships with major partners, such as: White House, Clinton Global Initiative, United Nations, World Economic Forum, Aspen Institute, (RED), hundreds of US college/university presidents, NBA/NFL/MLB, etc. He is also a speaker/moderator at various panels/events (United Nations Youth Assembly; Aspen Institute’s Franklin Project; Education for Employment’s forum on youth unemployment in Middle East; etc.). Gould has served as Editor in Chief of the Boston Phoenix and Deputy Managing Editor of the New York Daily News.


Kristine Johnson2

December 11, 2013, 10:30-11:30 a.m.‌ Kristine Johnson, CBS anchor

(Colloquium Series)

Location: University Hall, Conference Center, 7th Floor

On Friday morning December 6, CBS2 anchor Kristine Johnson will visit Montclair State to receive the Allen B. DuMont Broadcaster of the Year Award and participate in the SCM colloquium series. She will discuss her career and the state of broadcast journalism, both currently and the outlook for the future.

Kristine Johnson currently co-anchors the 5 p.m. & 11 p.m. news at the CBS owned and operated station in New York City.  She joined CBS 2 in the fall of 2006. Since then, she has been nominated for several Emmy Awards and had the honor of winning seven trophies. Kristine has navigated her viewers through numerous breaking news events.  Most recently she logged 10-12-hour days behind the anchor desk covering Hurricane Sandy and the blizzard of 2013. She also covered live stories ranging from Pope Benedict’s visit to the Big Apple to the miracle landing on the Hudson. Kristine has field anchored several historic events, including breaking news coverage from ground zero after the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden and the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks with former President George W. Bush and current President Barack Obama in attendance. She broadcasted live in the days following the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.  And she traveled to Boston to broadcast live following the bombings at the Boston Marathon. CBS has called upon Kristine to guest co-host the daytime talk show “The Talk” from time to time. She also played the role of a news anchor (a real stretch!) on episodes of the CBS hit prime time shows “Person of Interest” and “Elementary.” Register here.