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Journalists to debate responsibility of the press in a democratic society

What/Who: The Chicago Society hosts “Media and the Public Interest: Debating the Responsibility of the Press in a Democratic Society.” Panelists include Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation; David D. Hiller, publisher and CEO of the Chicago Tribune; John Nichols, Washington correspondent for The Nation; and James Warren, deputy managing editor and former Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune. Danielle Allen, Dean of the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago and author of Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education, will moderate.

When: Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Breasted Hall in the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St., University of Chicago.

Background: The Chicago Society, a student organization dedicated to debate and discussion of complex world issues, hosts a free, public debate on the role of the media in democratic societies. The participants will touch on media-related issues such as fair coverage, obligations to inform the public and tensions between national security and free access to information. A reception will follow.

For more information on the event or the Chicago Society, visit or email Chicago Society member Tyler Zoanni at
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