Office of Public Affairs
Aug. 26, 2003
OPENING CONVOCATION TO FEATURE PUBLISHER FROM GROUND ZERO
OSWEGO -- The publisher of a community paper that
covers the area around Ground Zero in Manhattan will be the guest
speaker at SUNY Oswego's Opening Convocation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept.
10, in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre.
John Sutter, publisher of The Villager, will discuss
advocacy journalism as a tie-in to the book "Fast Food Nation,"
selected for campus-wide reading under the Oswego Reading Initiative.
The bestseller, written by journalist Eric Schlosser, gives a
behind-the-scenes look at the fast-food industry and tackles such
issues as multinational marketing, food safety, obesity and mass
Linda Loomis, director of SUNY Oswego's journalism
program, recommended Sutter after she and 10 of her students saw him
speak at the spring conference of the New York Press Association.
"As the publisher of the newspaper closest to Ground
Zero, he shared his experience of Sept. 11, 2001, with the entire
gathering," Loomis said of Sutter, who accepted an award for excellence
in publishing at the conference.
"Members of the audience were stunned into silence
and moved to tears by his narrative of what it meant to be, first, a
caring human being and, second, a dedicated journalist in that first
awful day and in the days of fear and pathos and survival that
followed," she recalled.
A reception for "Fast Food Illustrated," a student
exhibition in Tyler Art Gallery featuring visual interpretations of the
book, will precede the convocation from 5 to 7 p.m.
For more information about Opening Convocation and related
ORI events, visit www.oswego.edu/ori/ffn/events.html.
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