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Introducing Media@McGill...presenting Seymour Hersh

October 17, 2006

Reporting legend
helps unveil media and communications policy centre

Media@McGill, McGill University's new centre of research, scholarship and
public outreach on issues and controversies in media policy, culture and
technology, is proud to present a public lecture by renowned investigative
journalist and author Seymour Hersh. Mr. Hersh will speak on October 26, at
6 p.m., at the Mount Royal Centre, 2200 Mansfield.

Mr. Hersh has been at the forefront of investigative journalism for nearly
four decades, uncovering hidden truths and unflinchingly examining the use
and abuse of power. He won the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International
Reporting for exposing the My Lai massacre, reporting that spurred a
reversal in U.S. public opinion on the Vietnam War. He subsequently broke
news of B-52 bombings in Cambodia, illegal CIA spying on U.S. citizens and
covert CIA attempts to overthrow Chilean President Salvador Allende. More
recently, Mr. Hersh has written for the New Yorker magazine on the U.S.-led
invasion and occupation of Iraq, including a 2004 exposť of the abuse at Abu
Ghraib prison. His most recent book is the 2004 Chain of Command: The Road
from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib.

His speech marks the launch of Media@McGill, an interdisciplinary focal
point for teaching and research in media and communications studies.
Media@McGill receives support from various sources, most notably the
Beaverbrook Foundation. Based in the Department of Art History and
Communication Studies, Media@McGill aims to foster discussion and research
of critical media-related issues through scholarships and other endeavours
on such diverse topics as post-World War II Canadian tabloid press, the
coverage of heavy metal music and online expressions of citizenship and
identity. In conjunction with the Annenberg School for Communication at the
University of Pennsylvania and the World Bank, Media@McGill is also creating
a guide to best practices in media and development targeted to
constituencies in developing nations.

Media@McGill is the second gift to McGill from the Beaverbrook Canadian
Foundation, which established the Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and
Communications, held since 2004 by Marc Raboy. Foundation president Timothy
Aitken is a McGill graduate and grandson of Canadian-born British newspaper
magnate and politician Lord Beaverbrook (1879-1964).

After his talk, Mr. Hersh will answer questions from the audience. Canadian
journalist and political activist Judy Rebick will host the event.

Kathryn Haralambous
Communications Officer
University Relations Office, McGill University
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