UA journalism professors, authors take on the world at free Feb. 27 forum

Two University of Arizona journalism professors and authors plan to tackle topics ranging from gas prices and global warming to politics and Planet Earth at a panel discussion Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Student Union Memorial Center's Santa Rita Room. The talk is free and open to the public.

The discussion, "Two Reporters, Two Hundred Countries, But Only One Planet," will feature award-winning international journalists Mort Rosenblum and Alan Weisman, who both teach in the international journalism program at the UA. The panelists plan to take on "the world, the environment, the politicians, each other and your questions" as part of an informal give-and-take discussion.

Rosenblum, a UA graduate, left the Arizona Daily Star to join The Associated Press in 1965. Since then, he has reported on peace and war from 200 countries, eventually becoming the AP's chief international foreign correspondent. From 1979 to 1981 was editor of the International Herald Tribune. He left AP in 2004 and is now a founding editor of Dispatches, a new quarterly on world affairs. Rosenblum has written a series of books about U.S. press coverage of international affairs, as well as books about political and economic issues in Africa and France. His latest book is Escaping Plato's Cave: How America's Blindness to the Rest of the World Threatens Our Survival. Rosenblum has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize eight times, and has won a major award from the Overseas Press Club. He is a professional-in-residence in the journalism department, where he teaches International Reporting every winter.

Weisman's most recent book, The World Without Us, a bestseller translated into 30 languages, was named the Best Nonfiction Book of 2007 by both Time magazine and Entertainment Weekly, the #1 Nonfiction Audiobook of 2007 by iTunes, and is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in nonfiction. His reports from around the world have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, Harper's, and in several anthologies, including Best American Science Writing 2006. Weisman is a senior producer for Homelands Productions, whose work airs on National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and American Public Media. A laureate associate professor in journalism and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona, he leads an annual field program in international journalism.

Pay parking is available at the Second Street Garage, just north of the Student Union at 1340 E. Second St. For more information, call 626-3079.

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