28th Annual Fall Convocation to feature award-winning journalist

Award-winning radio journalist, producer, and educator Deepa Fernandes will be the keynote speaker at Gettysburg College's 28th Annual Fall Convocation on Nov. 10.

The lecture, which is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. in the College Union Building Ballroom, will combine first-person narratives with political action, calling on the Gettysburg community to create a more vibrant democracy. A book signing will follow. Copies of "Targeted: Homeland Security and the Business of Immigration," are available for purchase at the College Bookstore.

A native of India, Fernandes is a freelance producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Pacifica Radio, and has produced award-winning documentaries from around the world. A Knight Journalism Fellow, she is also the founder and Executive Director of New York City's People's Production House (formerly Radio Rootz), a national media training and production institute.

Gettysburg students established Fall Convocation in the 1980s to focus attention on current social issues. Past speakers include Maya Angelou, Jim Hightower, Jonathan Kozol, Benjamin Spock, and Rebecca Walker, among others.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Tracey Dukert, assistant director of news content, 717.337.6521

Posted: Mon, 7 Nov 2011

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