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Filmmaker, journalists and authors to come to campus

The IU Media School Speaker Series will bring three media professionals to campus throughout the spring semester for lectures, two of which are also part of India Remixed programming.

Aman Sethi, a journalist and author, Dan Balz, Washington Post chief correspondent, and Mira Nair, a filmmaker, will be featured at talks in February, March and April respectively, according to a Media School press release.

The Media School Speaker Series puts on free lectures with media professionals for the public, according to their website. 

Aman Sethi Courtesy Photo

Sethi works as an associate editor with the national desk at the Hindustan Times, a media company in India, and is a former Africa correspondent for The Hindu, a national newspaper in India. He also wrote an award-winning book called “A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi.”

His talk will be part of India Remixed, which "focuses on contemporary Indian arts and culture in a global context," according to the Arts & Humanities website. The lecture on Feb. 14 in the Global and International Studies Building auditorium is co-sponsored by the council that puts on India Remixed and will focus on demonetization, digitization and control, according to the press release.

Balz joined the Washington Post in 1978 and covered politics in his career, according to the press release. Balz will be receiving the Lee H. Hamilton Fellowship during his lecture March 27 in the GISB auditorium. 

Dan Balz Courtesy Photo

The award honors public service and career of Lee H. Hamilton, a former U.S. House of Representatives member. Hamilton will present Balz with the award, according to the press release. 

Balz's talk will be cosponsored by the Media School, the Indiana University Center on Representative Government and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, according to the press release.

Nair is an award-winning filmmaker who focuses on identity, race, gender and cultural displacement issues in her work, according to the press release. “Salaam Bombay!” was her debut film. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1988. 

Mira Nair Courtesy Photo

“Queen of Katwe” is her most recent film, according to the press release. It was named as a critic’s pick by the New York Times. 

Nair’s lecture and Q&A on April 12 at the IU Cinema is also part of India Remixed.

Media School Dean James Shanahan said in the press release he was honored to have different cultural perspectives in the spring 2018 series. 

“We’re looking forward to many important conversations, with more diverse points of view, on the current political and media climate,” he said.

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