Moderated by the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, our experts will assess the extent of threats to American liberty presented by today’s alarmingly shrouded surveillance state, and the precarious yet critical role of journalists in this context.
Mark Danner has been writing about foreign affairs and politics, covering Central America, Haiti, the Balkan wars, and Iraq. A former staff writer for the New Yorker and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, his books are “The Massacre at El Mozote,” “Torture and Truth,” “The Secret Way to War,” and “Stripping Bare the Body.”
Karen M. Paget's new book is “Patriotic Betrayal: The Inside Story of the CIA’s Secret Campaign to Enroll American Students in the Crusade Against Communism.” She is a contributing editor to The American Prospect, and has written on topics ranging from gender politics to the US military budget.
Robert Scheer, previously editor in chief of Ramparts and national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, is a Senior Lecturer at the USC's Annenberg School for Communication, and editor in chief of Truthdig.com. He is the author of a number of books, including the new "They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy."
Edward Wasserman is dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. Previously, he was the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. He writes and speaks widely on matters related to media rights and wrongs, technological change, and media ownership and control.