Soledad O'Brien at the lecturn

Hardman Lecture Series

This lecture series presents in-depth discussions with some of the leading journalists of our time and is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment.

Maria Hinojosa2019 Hardman Lecture

Mariel Fiori

Journalist, translator, educator and entrepreneur

“Democracy and Journalism, the Hudson Valley, and What I Care About”

Thursday, March 28, 2018, 4 p.m.
Murdock Hall, Room 218

Free and Open to the Public
Information: 413.662.5224

Mariel Fiori holds an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a bachelor's degree in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian Studies from Bard College. Before coming to the United States in 2003, she lived and worked for two years in Spain, and previously in Buenos Aires, Argentina, her hometown, where she earned a degree in journalism and studied legal and commercial English-Spanish translation at the Catholic University of Argentina. She has worked for different mass media groups and independent media in Argentina, Spain and the United States as a researcher, writer, translator, editor and radio and television producer.

Fiori is chair of the Ulster County Hispanic Advisory Board Mano a Mano Coalition, member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, NAHJ, the American Association of University Women, AAUW, and the American Translators Association, ATA. From 2007 to 2013 she was a board member of Somos la Llave del Futuro, SLF, Inc., a Dutchess County based nonprofit organization which seeks to build leadership in immigrant communities, and from August 2010 to May 2015 she was a board member of Family of Woodstock, Inc. She serves on the advisory board of Re-Think Local Hudson Valley and Arts Mid-Hudson, and is a board member of the newly created Radio Kingston.

Together, English professors Zachary Finch and Hannah Noel are coordinating Fiori’s residency at MCLA. During her visit to campus this month, Fiori will visit a number of classes and meet with students and faculty.

"Fiori's visit to campus offers an exciting and timely opportunity for MCLA students to engage with a dynamic, innovative, and community oriented journalist,” said Noel. “While on campus, Fiori will conduct bilingual interviews with Beacon Web News and BWN Espanol and visit many courses like my Media and Immigration senior seminar and Intro to Latinx Studies courses."

Past speakers of the Hardman Lecture Series (view photos):  

2018-2019: Maria Hinojosa

2017-2018: Byron Pitts

2016-2017: Abderrahim Foukara

2015-2016: Joy Reid

2014-2015: Nicholas Kristof

2013-2014: Jeff Corwin

2012-2013: Howard Kurtz

2011-2012: Soledad O'Brien

2010-2011: Laura Ling

2009-2010: Charlayne Hunter-Gault

2008-2009: David Brooks

2007-2008: Bill McKibben, Marianne Pearl

2006-2007: Derrick Jackson, Bob Simon

2005-2006: Dan Harris, Ellen Goodman

2004-2005: Ellen Hume, Alan Chartock


Past Journalists-in-Residence:  

2018: Jenn Smith

2017: Dolores Barclay

2016: Seth Rogovoy

2015: John and Anastasia Stanmeyer

2014: Kevin Moran

2013: Mark Kinver

2012: Joe Donahue

2011: Lydia Kulbida

2009: Rex Smith