Lecture series

Learn more about the details of upcoming events at the UNC Hussman calendar.

Nelson Benton Lecture Series

Family and friends of Nelson Benton established this series of lectures by distinguished journalists after Benton, who worked more than 20 years at CBS News, died Feb. 13, 1988. He was 63.

Benton began his broadcasting career at radio station WSOC in Charlotte, North Carolina, after receiving his degree from UNC in 1949. The next year, he established the first television news department in the Southeast at WBTV in Charlotte. In 1960, he joined CBS News in New York City as an assignment editor and reporter. He worked in Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 and became the New Orleans bureau chief and correspondent for CBS News in 1964. He reported on the civil rights movement in the South and covered the Vietnam War from Saigon, Hue and the Vietnamese countryside. He spent the next decade as a Washington correspondent.

During the early 1970s, he was an anchor on the "CBS Morning News." He covered Watergate and the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974. He won an Emmy for a special broadcast about the Watergate tapes. When the country faced an acute shortage of energy resources in the 1970s, he pioneered the energy beat for CBS News.

He was a member of the team of CBS News correspondents who covered the American space program from the days of the Mercury astronauts through the moon landing on July 20, 1969.

Benton was born in Danville, Virginia. He and his wife Milli had one son, Joe Benton, who now lives in Falls Church, Virginia, and is a member of the MJ-school's Board of Advisers. Milli Benton died in 1994.

After Benton's death, Milli Benton donated his papers to the Southern Historical Collection at UNC. More than 2,700 items — including scripts, notes, appointment books and press packs — are in the collection and open to public viewing in Wilson Library.

For more information, contact Director of Communications Kyle York.


Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post | 2020

David Zucchino, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist | 2020

Gerard Baker, editor-in-chief, Wall Street Journal | 2014

Helene Cooper, White House correspondent, The New York Times | 2012

Hank Klibanoff and Gene Roberts, co-authors of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Race Beat”; Hodding Carter, UNC professor of public policy and former editor of the Delta Democrat Times; Joe Cumming, former Atlanta bureau chief for Newsweek; Moses J. Newson, former executive editor of the Baltimore Afro-American and former reporter at the Tri-State Defender in Memphis, Tennessee | 2010

Bill Schneider, senior policy analyst, CNN | 2008

Fred Shropshire, news reporter, WGN-TV | 2006

Sam Donaldson, ABC News | 2006

Randall Pinkston, CBS News correspondent | 2004

Charles Moose, former Montgomery Co., Maryland, police chief | 2003

Draggan Mihailovich, "60 Minutes II" | 2002

Carol Lin, CNN News | 2000

Bob Schieffer, CBS News chief Washington correspondent | 1997

Bill Plante, CBS White House correspondent | 1996

Cokie Roberts, correspondent for ABC News and National Public Radio | 1995

Charles Kuralt, former CBS News correspondent and "Sunday Morning" anchor | 1994

Walter Cronkite, former CBS News anchor | 1992

Dan Rather, CBS News anchor | 1991


Jane Brown Health Communication Lecture

Started in 2016, the Jane Brown Health Communication Lecture honors the legacy of retired James. L. Knight professor Jane Brown. Brown spent over three decades conducting research on the media’s influence on adolescents’ health, health communication and the use of media for health promotion. This annual lecture brings a nationally recognized researcher to the school to present their work and have a dialogue about health communication with an interdisciplinary mix of students and faculty.

For more information, contact Professor Seth Noar.

Xiaoquan Zhao, George Mason University | Sept. 27, 2019

Robin Nabi, University of California, Santa Barbara | Sept. 27, 2018 

Jeff Niederdeppe, Cornell University | Sept. 29, 2017 

Marco Yzer, University of Minnesota | Sept. 30, 2016 


Wade H. Hargrove Communications Law and Policy Colloquium

The Wade H. Hargrove Media Law and Policy Colloquium is named in honor of Wade Hargrove, former chair of the UNC Board of Trustees and the driving force behind the creation of the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy. The colloquium was established and funded by various media companies and friends of Hargrove as a forum for discussion and debate on contemporary media issues.

For more information, contact UNC Center for Media Law and Policy Co-Directors David Ardia and Amanda Reid.

David L. Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast Corp. | March 2015 

David Barrett, chairman and CEO of Hearst Television Inc., Ben Sherwood, president of ABC News | November 2013 


Holding Power Accountable Lecture Series

The Holding Power Accountable lecture series features journalists who are leading the examination of the people and organizations holding power in society.

For more information, contact Adjunct Instructor Adam Hochberg.


Marco Quiroz-Gutierrez ’20, Fortune magazine reporter | March 28, 2022

Katelyn Ferral, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigative reporter | April 8, 2022 

Joe Killian, NC Policy Watch investigative journalist | April 22, 2022 

David Zucchino '73, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist| Feb 24, 2020 

Mark Mazzetti, New York Times journalist; Adm. Dennis Blair, Knott Distinguished Visiting Professor of the Practice in the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense | Nov. 22, 2019

Helene Cooper, New York Times reporter| Feb. 26, 2019

Caitlin Owens '14, health care reporter at Axios | Jan. 28, 2019


Hussman Media Justice Series

This series is co-sponsored by the UNC Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP) and ABIDE (UNC Hussman's committee for Access, Belonging, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity). The series brings scholars and journalists to UNC to discuss issues at the intersection of journalism and social inequality.

Eric Garcia '14, author of "We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation" | March 21, 2022 

Wesley Lowery, author of “Whitelash: Hope and Horror in a Changing America” | March TBA, 2022 

Nikki Usher, author of "News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort American Journalism" | Nov. 4, 2021 

Kathy Roberts Forde, author of "Journalism and Jim Crow: White Supremacy and the Black Struggle for a New America" | Oct. 13, 2021

Danielle Kilgo Brown, professor at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities | Oct. 25, 2021


Mary Junck Research Colloquium

The Mary Junck Research Colloquium series was formally established in 2007 to nurture an intellectually vibrant climate with both interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary shades, by scheduling scholarly presentations on diverse topics.

The series has been particularly successful in attracting scholars and researchers of national and international renown from within the United States and abroad. The series attracts a diverse audience comprising faculty, graduate students and researchers from around the Triangle.

For more infomation, contact Assistant Director of Graduate Studies Casey Hart.


Khadijah White, Rutgers School of Communication and Information | October 2019

Melissa Aronczyk, Rutgers School of Communication and Information| October 2019

Erica Scharrer, University of Massachusetts Amherst | April 2019 

Sarah J. Jackson, Northeastern University | February 2019 

Berkley Hudson, University of Missouri | November 2018

Russell Clayton, Florida State University | September 2018 

Natalie Stroud, University of Texas at Austin | April 2018

Matthew Weber, Rutgers University | November 2017 

Emily Thorson, Boston College | March 2017 

Mary Beth Oliver, Pennsylvania State University | February 2017 

Meryl Alper, Northeastern University | January 2017 

Philip Napoli, Duke University | November 2016 

Grace Ahn, University of Georgia | November 2016 

Brooke Fisher Liu, University of Maryland | October 2016 

Deen Freelon, American University | March 2016 

Brooke Erin Duffy, Temple University | March 2016 

Jane Rhodes, University of Chicago | March 2016 

Jesse Baldwin-Philippi, Fordham University, Chris Well, University of Wisconsin Madison | October 2015 

Maureen Taylor, University of Tennessee Knoxville | September 2015 

Jesse Fox, Oregon State University| August 2015 

Geoffrey Baym, University of North Carolina Greensboro | April 2015 

Heather LaMarrie, Temple University | April 2015

Edward Walker, University of California Los Angeles | March 2015 

Max Boykoff, University of Colorado Boulder | March 2015 

Janas Sinclair, Florida International University | February 2015

Melissa Michelson, Menlo College | February 2015 

Carolina Lee, Lafayette College | February 2015

Zeynep Tufecki, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill | January 2015

Dulcie Murdock Straughan, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill | December 2014

Christina Dunbar-Hester, Rutgers University | November 2014

Nikki Usher, George Washington University | November 2014

Cathrine Gyldensted, DiS, Copenhagen | October 2014

Bartosz Wojdynski, University of Georgia | October 2014

Andrew Perrin, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill | September 2014

Jessa Lingel, Microsoft Research New England Social Media Collective | September 2014

Mary Beth Oliver, Pennsylvania State University | January 2012



Organized by the UNC chapter of the National Press Photographers Association, PhotoNight is a speaker series that brings photographers, documentary filmmakers and visual storytellers from around the country to present their work and inspire our students.

For more information, contact Associate Professor Chad Stevens or Professor Pat Davison.

Ray Whitehouse, filmmaker| March 22, 2022 

Alysia Burton Steele, multimedia journalist and author | February 2019

Jon Kasbe, film editor | November 2018

Deb Pastner, Star Tribune | November 2018

A Discussion on Documenting Protests | October 2018

Margaret Cheatham Williams, The New York Times | March 2018

Carolyn Van Houten, The Washington Post | February 2018

Louie Palu, freelance photojournalist | October 2017

Hannah Ayers and Lance Warren, Field Studio | September 2017

Andrea Wise and Jesse Neider, freelance photojournalists | March 2017

Erin Brethauer, San Francisco Chronicle | November 2016

Maggie Steber, freelance photojournalist | October 2016

Tim Matsui, freelance photojournalist | April 2016

Cath Spangler, New Yorker | April 2016

Alan Maynard, Trailblazer Studios | April 2016

Kevin Martin, freelance photojournalist | February 2016

Alexandra Bomback, Red Reel | November 2015

Endia Beal, freelance photographer | October 2015

Uwe Martin, freelance photojournalist | February 2015

Josh Davis | October 2014

Spencer Platt, freelance photojournalist | April 2012

Alex Harris, Duke Center for Documentary Studies | February 2012

Jenn Ackerman and Tim Gruber, freelance editorial photographers | March 2010

Brian Storm, Media Storm | February 2010

Travis Dove, freelance editorial photographer | January 2010

Dave LaBelle, Kent State University photojournalism program director | November 2009

Chris Rainier, National Geographic | October 2009

Greg Kelly, August 2009

Ben de la Cruz, NPR Science Desk multimedia editor | February 2008

Chris Hondros, former freelance photojournalist and war photographer | April 2007

Vicki Cronis-Nohe, Virginian-Pilot | March 2007


Reed Sarratt Distinguished Lecture Series

The Reed Sarratt Distinguished Lecture Series brings some of the best and brightest minds in the field to the University each year to discuss matters of importance and concern, of philosophy and principle.

Reed Sarratt was a great friend of excellence in journalism and mass communication and in education for the field. For many years, he worked in Atlanta as executive director of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association (SNPA) Foundation and then of SNPA itself. Before that, he had been a newspaperman in North Carolina.

A native of Charlotte and a 1937 graduate of UNC, he served as the inaugural president of the school's Journalism Alumni and Friends Association. He was inducted into the NC Media & Journalism Hall of Fame in 1985.

Sarratt died on March 15, 1986, at age 68. He devoted much of his life to improving journalism in the South. He loved the University and the school; numerous members of the Sarratt family have graduated from the University.

For more information, contact Director of Communications Kyle York.


Ken Auletta, staff writer, The New Yorker | Fall 2018 

Andy Polansky, CEO, Weber Shandwick | Fall 2016 

Andrew Robertson, CEO, BBDO Worldwide | Spring 2015 

Matthew Winkler, CEO, Bloomberg News | Fall 2012 

Paul Steiger, editor-in-chief, CEO and president, ProPublica | Spring 2012 

Daniel J. Edelman, founder and chairman, Daniel J. Edelman Inc. | Spring 2006

M. Dockery Clark, former senior vice president of sponsorship and marketing, Bank of America | Spring 2005

John Walsh, senior vice president, ESPN | Fall 2003

Carl Kasell, National Public Radio | Spring 2003

Robert Giles, curator, The Nieman Foundation for Journalism | Fall 2002

Christine Brennan, sports columnist, USA Today | Spring 2002

Jay T. Harris, former publisher and chairman, The San Jose Mercury News | Fall 2001

R.W. Apple Jr., chief correspondent, The New York Times | Spring 2001

Dr. Charles Sherman, executive vice president, Television National Association of Broadcasters | Spring 2000

Harry Jacobs, retired chairman, the Martin Agency in Richmond, Virginia | Fall 1999

Penny Muse Abernathy, group publisher and general manager of the publishing division at Harvard Business School, former president of The New York Times News Services | Spring 1999

Ken Bode, moderator of PBS television program Washington Week in Review and dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University | Fall 1998

Gene Roberts, professor in the University of Maryland at College Park College of Journalism, former managing editor of The New York Times, and former editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer | Spring 1998

Felix Guiterrez, senior vice president and executive director of the Freedom Forum Pacific Coast Center in San Francisco | Fall 1997

Creed Black, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and chairman and publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader Company | Spring 1997

Geneva Overholser, ombudsman for the Washington Post and former editor of the Des Moines Register | Fall 1996 

Sharon Lawrence, Broadway performer and television actress | Spring 1996

Karen Elliott House, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and president of International Group, Dow Jones & Co. Inc. | Fall 1995

Tom Wicker, author and former New York Times columnist | Spring 1995

Ruth Wooden, president of the Advertising Council | Fall 1994

Frank Deford, writer for Sports Illustrated | Spring 1994

Kurt Luedtke, screenwriter (Absence of Malice) and former editor of the Detroit Free Press | Fall 1993

Pat Carbine, co-founder, Ms. magazine | Spring 1993

Tom Burrell, founder and president, Burrell Advertising, Chicago | Fall 1992

Karen Jurgensen, editorial page editor, USA Today | Spring 1992

Doug Marlette, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist | Fall 1991

Tom Wicker, New York Times columnist and author | Fall 1990

Everette E. Dennis, author, researcher, educator and executive director of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center, Columbia University | Spring 1990

Jeff MacNelly, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist | Spring 1989

Gordon Parks, Life magazine photographer, film director, author and composer | Fall 1988

David Brinkley, famed television journalist and commentator, ABC News | Spring 1988

David Broder, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist | Fall 1987

Jeffrey Marx and Michael York, Pulitzer Prize-winning sports writers from the Lexington, Kentucky, Herald-Leader | Spring 1987