Journalism professors to explore election, fake news at Brandeis ‘University on Wheels’

Eileen McNamara, left, and Maura Jane Farrelly, Ph.D.

The Tucson Chapter of Brandeis National Committee and the Tucson Jewish Community Center will sponsor a BNC University On Wheels program next month, “From Election to Investigation and all the ‘Fake News’ in Between: Media Coverage of This Presidency.”

Eileen McNamara, Brandeis University professor of the practice of journalism and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and Maura Jane Farrelly, associate professor of American Studies and director of the department of journalism at Brandeis, will present the talk on Monday, Jan. 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the Tucson J. 

McNamara received her B.A. at Barnard College and her M.S. at Columbia University. At Brandeis, she teaches courses such as “Race and Gender in the News,” “Political Packaging in America” and “Ethics in Journalism.” She is the 2011 recipient of the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching, which honors an individual who is involved in the co-curricular and extracurricular life of the campus and has had a significant impact on students’ lives as an exceptional teacher, mentor, adviser, and friend. She is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former columnist for the Boston Globe and was portrayed in the film “Spotlight.”

Farrelly received her B.A. from Fordham University and her M.A. from Emory University. She also holds a Ph.D. in history from Emory University, with an emphasis on colonial and early American periods, and on American religious history. Farrelly worked as a full-time journalist for seven years, first for Georgia Public Radio in Atlanta and then for the Voice of America in Washington, D.C. Her current scholarly research focuses on Catholics in the South in the 18th and 19th centuries and on Methodist attempts to reconcile science with revealed religion in the 19th century.

The cost of the event is $18.  RSVP by Jan. 3 to Rhoda Cohen at rogoco1@verizon.net or 529-8411.