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Acclaimed digital journalists to speak at Northwestern

CTSS panel will discuss the intersection of journalism, politics and pop culture and covering today’s America

EVANSTON - Three critically acclaimed digital journalists will speak on a panel discussing 21st century media, the intersection of journalism, politics and pop culture and covering today’s America.

Hosted by the student-run Contemporary Thought Speaker Series (CTSS), the event, entitled “Journalism in the 21st Century: Politics, Pop Culture and Protest,” will take place Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in Harris Hall, Room 107. The panel will include New Yorker writer Doreen St. Felix, acclaimed reporter Rembert Browne and Pulitzer Prize-winner Wesley Morris, and will be moderated by Chicago-based writer Britt Julious.

The event is open only to the Northwestern community. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“This distinguished group of journalists are on the forefront of the dynamic changes taking root in the newsroom and in the sphere of activism. Their innovative forms of storytelling and criticism address the most pressing issues of our time,” says CTSS board member Amanda Gordon. “We are really excited to bring such an exciting panel of individuals to Northwestern’s campus, and we believe it will generate a meaningful dialogue among students and faculty.”

St. Felix is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes about music, pop culture and politics. She was formerly the editor-at-large for Lenny Letter, an online newsletter created by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. In 2016, she was named to Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list and to Brooklyn Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture.”

Morris is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a critic-at-large for the New York Times. Morris is also a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine, where he covers everything from music to pop culture and hosts the podcast “Still Processing” with Jenna Wortham. Previously, Morris wrote for Grantland and was recognized as a finalist for his columns and commentary by the National Media Awards Foundation. Morris received the Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for “his smart, inventive film criticism” as a writer at the Boston Globe.

Browne is a freelance journalist covering a variety of topics, including music, sports and politics. Browne previously wrote for Grantlandand was a writer-at-large at New York Magazine. In 2016, Browne was named to Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list for his work on “everything from reporting on the ground in Ferguson, to interviewing President Obama on Air Force One, to covering pop culture.” Most recently, Browne wrote an acclaimed article for Bleacher Reporton quarterback Colin Kaepernick and race in America. 

Britt Julious is a freelance journalist who writes a weekly column for the Chicago Tribunecalled “On the Town.” Her work primarily focuses on the intersection of music, art, race, feminism, culture and politics and has been featured in Esquire, Elle, GQ, Rolling Stone, New York Times,Wmagazine, and Vice. Julious recently moderated a conversation with Solange Knowles at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

“We are so excited to hear from Doreen, Rembert and Wesley on a wide-range of topics, from politics and the media to sports and pop culture, that interest our community,” said Ben Zimmermann, chair of CTSS. “At a time filled with changing media structures and new, pressing issues at the forefront of our society, this event should inspire a really relevant and important conversation.”

This discussion will be CTSS’s second event of the year. Former UN Ambassador Samantha Power spoke earlier this fall. Past CTSS speakers include “Serial”creator Sarah Koenig, filmmaker Barry Jenkins, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Emily Nussbaum, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, activist Angela Davis, author Zadie Smith and hip-hop artist Killer Mike.

For more information on this event, go to CTSS’ Facebook page or contact CTSS at

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