Senator J. William Fulbright Was a Complicated Contradiction in Ideals

Senator J. William Fulbright Was a Complicated Contradiction in Ideals

FAYETTEVILLE- Slavery is America's original sin, and ever since 1776, race has consequentially been the most divisive issue in the nation. As one might expect, even the greatest of American heroes have found themselves on the wrong side of history when it comes to issues of race.

The late Senator J. William Fulbright is no exception. His legacy is one just as complicated as those belonging to the slave-owning founding fathers. He was every bit as paradoxical as Thomas Jefferson, an individual who coined the phrase "all men are created equal" while also having a slave as his mistress.

This past weekend, as a Fulbright alumnus, I attended the Fulbright Program's conference "Building Bridges Through Exchange" at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. During the event, I led a world cafe (audio here) on the current state of journalism.

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Three of the Biggest Issues Facing Journalism Today (Audio)

Three of the Biggest Issues Facing Journalism Today (Audio)
FAYETTEVILLE- This past weekend saw the University of Arkansas host “Building Bridges: The Fulbright Legacy and the Future of International Exchange.”  It was a conference attended by Fulbright alumni and grantees, and as an alumnus myself, I headed south to attend the event, where I led the Journalism World Cafe. The session was entitled "Images and Perceptions: Journalism’s Role in Shaping the View of other Countries," and broken up into three parts. Audio of all three sessions is below, so have a listen and then join in the conversation...by commenting below...

I'm Giving a Journalism Talk at the Univ. of Arkansas, Fulbright Alumni Conference

I'm Giving a Journalism Talk at the Univ. of Arkansas, Fulbright Alumni Conference
Building Bridges: The Fulbright Legacy and the Future of International Exchange” will be taking place next weekend, May 17 to 19, 2019 in Fayetteville, Arkansas and I will be on hand, hosting a round table on the state of journalism in the world today. Hosted by the German-American Fulbright Commission, in partnership with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, it's a chance to discuss the Fulbright legacy and alma mater and reconnect with the Fulbright community. As a Fulbright alumni myself, I will be leading and moderating a World Café on Saturday, May 18, from 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm. The details are as follows...
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Meeting Gorbachev Paints Full Picture of Overlooked Former USSR Leader

Meeting Gorbachev Paints Full Picture of Overlooked Former USSR Leader

In "Meeting Gorbachev," co-directors Werner Herzog and André Singer created a gripping documentary that articulates how "from such a god-forsaken place in the middle of nowhere would emerge one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century."

Perhaps the major key to what made Mikhail Gorbachev such a generational success in his political life was his being a man of the people. He never forgot his humble beginnings and that ideal drove him to the two pillars of his reign at the top of the Soviet Union: perestroika ("restructuring") or glasnost "openness/transparency in government."

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The Patriotic Dissenter is Proud to Announce His New Book for Sale!

The Patriotic Dissenter is Proud to Announce His New Book for Sale!
The Blogger here at The Patriotic Dissenter has authored a new book! No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry You can get it on Amazon right here in paperback! And in E-book format as well! In “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets” Paul M.... Read more »

Martellus Bennett Believes Athletes Still Fear Speaking Out on Issues (Exclusive)

Martellus Bennett Believes Athletes Still Fear Speaking Out on Issues (Exclusive)
While it's pretty clear now that Colin Kaepernick isn't coming back to the National Football League, the powerful impact that he made will be long-lasting. His decision to take a knee during the national anthem, as a gesture of protest against brutality and systemic racism within law enforcement, may ultimately pave the way for more football players to eventually speak out on the issues of the day while still active in their playing careers. Former Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett, in town this past week to do a public reading of his new children's book "Dear Black Boy," doesn't believe that day is here yet though. "No, that fear is still there," Bennett responded when we put this question to him during our exclusive conversation at Open Books, a literacy non-profit in the west loop...
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Hesburgh is the Kind of Figure we Badly Need in these Deeply Divisive Times

Hesburgh is the Kind of Figure we Badly Need in these Deeply Divisive Times

Current Mayor Pete Buttigieg isn't the first un-classifiable nationally relevant political figure to live and work in South Bend, Indiana. "Hesburgh," a new documentary opening at the Music Box Theatre on Saturday, chronicles the life of long-time president of the University of Notre Dame and America's most well-known priest—Rev. Theodore Hesburgh.

Colloquially known as "Father Ted," Hesburgh was a lot like "Mayor Pete," a South Bend political figure driven by faith, ideals and a motivation to do what is right above what is currently politically viable. Both men are/were complex, and that's what makes them interesting.

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Legalized Sports Gambling Could Help State Debts Says Rep Mike Zalewski

Legalized Sports Gambling Could Help State Debts Says Rep Mike Zalewski

Illinois House Revenue and Finance Committee Chairman Mike Zalewksi, State Representative for the 23rd district, is spearheading the initiatives to get sports gambling legalized in the state. If it all works out and goes according to plan, with no unforeseen hurdles along the way, legal sports gaming could be here by the next Super Bowl

Zalewski is working with state Rep. Bob Rita to lead House discussions on this issue. The process began at the same time that March Madness/the NCAA Tournament, one of the biggest and most lucrative sports wagering events of the calendar, began.

We had a telephone exclusive with Zalewski, and you can hear that conversation below:

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Trying to Make Sense of Crowded, Chaotic Chicago Mayoral Race

Trying to Make Sense of Crowded, Chaotic Chicago Mayoral Race

Monday marks the beginning of early voting for the Chicago mayoral election, and that means we're just a little more than two weeks away from Election Day. Are you tired of getting unsolicited e-mails from Bill Daley? Badly need to opt-out of those text messages from Paul Vallas?

And how did these people even get our contact info to begin with? I still don't know who I'm going to vote for, as the Chicago mayoral race field is so egregiously overcrowded that calling it obnoxious is an understatement.

Maybe trying to sort out the chaos here will help me move towards a decision. Before we get to the candidates, we need to talk about what could be the most important x-factor in this election. And for that we enlisted the help of Theresa Siaw, candidate for 26th Ward Alderman.

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St. Valentine's Day Massacre Site is Totally Nothing Today and That's Complicated

St. Valentine's Day Massacre Site is Totally Nothing Today and That's Complicated

While my Grandma was alive she often told our family her story of passing by the St. Valentine's Day Massacre aftermath on her way to work the morning of February 14, 1929. Bessie Banks, 23 years old at the time, was on the Clark street bus to her job at the Palmer House when the vehicle rode past the scene of the grisly crime at 2122 N. Clark St. just a couple hours after it happened.

Every time she told the story she would mention that the gangster era of Chicago was very overblown, in regards to the level of danger to the average citizen. She would always say that they didn't bother anybody, and only fought amongst themselves.

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