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Saturday, October 15 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Watchdog: The Role of the Journalist in a Democracy

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The press has often been called the "fourth estate" for its vital role keeping the other branches of government in check. Without a free press there's no public sphere, no informed citizen, and thus no democracy. But in times when newspapers are shuttering and budgets for investigative teams are shrinking, is this function still needed, and, if it is, how do we preserve it? We'll be talking with Dick Lehr, author of Black Mass, and Mitchell Zuckoff, author of 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, about the role of the press as watchdog in stories ranging from the downfall of Whitey Bulger, the infamous Dartmouth murders, and the original Ponzi scheme. Moderated by Alysia Abbott, author of Fairyland and director of Boston's Literary District. Sponsored by the Boston Literary District.

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Alysia Abbott

Alysia Abbott is the director of Boston’s first-in-the-nation Literary District. A graduate of the New School’s Writing Program, she instructs memoir and essay at GrubStreet. She is also the author of the memoir Fairyland, named an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times, awarded... Read More →

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Dick Lehr

Dick Lehr is a professor of journalism at Boston University. From 1985 to 2003, he was a reporter at the Boston Globe, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting and won numerous regional and national journalism awards. He served as the Globe's legal affairs... Read More →
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Mitchell Zuckoff

Mitchell Zuckoff is the Sumner M. Redstone Professor of Narrative Studies at Boston University and the author of seven nonfiction books. His most recent book, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, was a No. 1 New York Times bestseller. His two previous... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Old South Mary Norton Hall