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April 12: Colloquium Lecture at Hood

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

WikiLeaks and its effect on national security will be the topic of a lecture, followed by a book signing, by an award-winning veteran investigative reporter and author April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

Mark Feldstein, assistant professor of media and public affairs at The George Washington University, will give a lecture titled “Sneaks, Peeks, and WikiLeaks: Anarchy, Censorship and the Brave New World of Digital Media.” He argues that the accelerated means by which information is now transmitted around the world compromises national security in ways never before possible and identifies the consequences of instantly sharing corporate and government secrets.

For nearly 20 years Mark Feldstein served as an on-air correspondent at CNN, ABC News and NBC News, and at local television stations in Phoenix; Tampa, Fla.; and Washington, D.C. His investigative reports, which profiled abuses in nursing homes and halfway houses, political and police corruption, medical malpractice, social welfare abuses, environmental crimes, health care fraud and human rights atrocities led to resignations, firings, multi-million dollar fines and prison terms. Feldstein is best known in the nation’s capital for his exposé on drug use and political corruption by former Washington mayor Marion Barry and his administration.

The lecture is the final event of the college’s annual colloquium series, funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant. This year’s series is themed “The Humanities at Work: How Media Shape Society.”

For more information about the colloquium and the scheduled events, contact Rebecca Prime, Ph.D., Libman Professor of Humanities, by e-mail at or visit