Whitworth Associate Professor of Political Science Patrick Van Inwegen says Wolman's on-the-ground reporting and investigative journalism in Egypt during what's come to be known as the Arab Spring provide crucial perspective on one of the most important trends currently shaping our world. He adds that Wolman's expertise on the changing role of media as social media becomes more popular is incredibly important for understanding how people receive and evaluate information.
"Wolman's work provides thoughtful insight into complicated events, elevates the voices of the voiceless and spans a variety of disciplines and academic fields, making it the perfect match for what Whitworth strives for in our interdisciplinary liberal arts education," Van Inwegen says. "His ability to convey complex ideas to a diverse mainstream audience aligns with our goal for the Great Decisions Series: to engage the entire Spokane community in foreign affairs issues that shape our lives."
Wolman is the author of three books, the most recent of which is The End of Money (Da Capo Press, 2012). He is currently a contributing editor at Wired, and he has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Outside, Mother Jones, and Newsweek. A former Fulbright journalism fellow in Japan and graduate of Stanford University's journalism program, he now lives in Portland, Ore., where he received a 2011 Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship.
The final Great Decisions lecture will take place on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Weyerhaeuser Hall's Robinson Teaching Theatre. For information on the Great Decisions Lecture Series, please call (509) 777-4937. Great Decisions 2012 is sponsored by the Whitworth Political Science Department.
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