Sept. 24, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will welcome Emmy Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa on Thursday, Oct. 11, when she will present MCLA’s Hardman Lecture, at 7 p.m. in the MCLA Church Street Center’s Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium.

This lecture event is free and open to the public. It is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment.

As a reporter who was the first Latina in many newsrooms, Hinojosa dreamed of a space where she could create independent, multimedia journalism that explores and gives a critical voice to the diverse American experience. To that end, in 2010, she created the Futuro Media Group, an independent nonprofit organization based in New York City, N.Y., with the mission to create multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world.

As the anchor and executive producer of the Peabody Award-winning show “Latino USA,” which is distributed by NPR, as well as the co-host of “In The Thick,” Futuro Media’s new political podcast, Hinojosa has informed millions about the changing cultural and political landscape in America and abroad.

Hinojosa also is the anchor and executive producer of the PBS show “America By The Numbers,” the first national television series to examine our country’s dramatic demographic shifts, and “Humanizing America,” a digital video series that deconstructs stereotypes about the American electorate. In addition, she is a new contributor to the long running award-winning news program “CBS Sunday Morning,” and is a frequent guest on MSNBC.

Hinojosa’s nearly 30-year career as an award-winning journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and anchoring the Emmy Award-winning talk show “Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One.”

She is the author of two books, and has won dozens of awards, including: four Emmys, the John Chancellor Award, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award.

Upcoming fall lecturers at MCLA will include best-selling author, journalist, and comic book writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, who will deliver the Eighth Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture, which is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth E. Proud Charitable Trust.

At this event, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, in MCLA Campus Center Gym, Coates will read from and participate in a moderated conversation about his book, “Between the World and Me.”

In addition, Galen Nelson, senior director of innovation and industry support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), will present the Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in Murdock Hall, in the Sammer Dennis Room (218).

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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