The Vernon L. Pack Distinguished Lecture and Scholar in Residence program was established in 2002 through a generous gift from alumnus Vernon L. Pack, a 1950 graduate of the University. A distinguished lecturer visits campus to address important current issues that will allow the Otterbein community to reflect on ethical, spiritual and social issues. In alternate years, an esteemed scholar is invited to campus to reside for up to one academic year in order to provide an educational enrichment experience for Otterbein students.
2016 Vernon L. Pack Distinguished Lecturer: Amy Goodman
Role of Independent Media in Promoting Social Change, Peace and Justice
Award-winning investigative journalist, author, and syndicated columnist Amy Goodman will join Otterbein in the spring of 2016 as the Vernon L. Pack Distinguished Lecturer. Ms. Goodman serves as host of Democracy Now!, airing on more than 1400 public television and radio stations worldwide. She is the first journalist to receive the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” for “developing an innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by the mainstream media.” The Independent of London called Goodman and Democracy Now! “an inspiration,” and pulsemedia.com has placed her at the top of their 20 Top Global Media Figures list.
Goodman is a 1998 recipient of the George Polk Award for the radio documentary she co-produced, “Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship,” which exposed the oil company's role in the killing of two Nigerian villagers on May 28, 1998. The piece also won the Golden Reel for Best National Documentary from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. Goodman has also won numerous awards for another radio documentary she co-produced, “MASSACRE: The Story of East Timor,” including the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton, the Armstrong Award, the Radio/Television News Directors Award, as well as awards from AP, UPI, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting .
The author of five New York Times bestsellers, Goodman’s latest book, Breaking the Sound Barrier, proves the power of independent journalism in the struggle for a better world. She has co-authored, with brother and journalist David Goodman, three other bestsellers: Standing Up to the Madness, Static, and The Exception to the Rulers.
Ms. Goodman will be on Otterbein’s campus on Monday and Tuesday, February 22-23, 2016. She will give a public address on the role of independent media in promoting social change, peace and justice on Monday evening in Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall. On Tuesday, Goodman will visit with targeted small groups of Otterbein students and faculty.