War on terrorism town hall forum hosted by one of two national journalists organizations meeting at Vanderbilt University next week

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ñ "Is the War on Terrorism Abroad an Assault on Democracy at Home?" is the subject of a town hall forum at Vanderbilt University Monday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Trotter Group, one of two national journalists organizations meeting at the University next week, is hosting the free, public event.

The forum will be held in Turner Recital Hall at the Martha Rivers Ingram Center for the Performing Arts at Vanderbilt University. The center sits between Blakemore and Capers avenues at the Blair School of Music.

Panelists for the discussion include Boston Globe columnist Derrick Jackson, Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy, and guests Laura W. Murphy, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office, and Armstrong Williams, national syndicated columnist and television commentator. Betty Baye, a columnist and editorial writer for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal, will moderate the forum.

The Trotter Group, a distinguished group of African-American journalists from across the country, and members of the National Education Writers Association (EWA) will both hold conferences at Vanderbilt next week.

About 30 journalists are expected to attend the Trotter Group’s annual meeting Sunday, Oct. 19, through Wednesday, Oct. 22. While in Nashville, the Trotter Group’s schedule includes a series of sessions and working meetings designed for the journalists to share their professional experiences, learn more about their profession and gain insight on new research and ideas that they can write about when they return to their respective cities.

EWA members will meet at Vanderbilt Friday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 25, for an invitation-only conference on school finance featuring experts from Vanderbilt and around the country. EWA, founded in 1947, is the national professional organization of education reporters. Topics the group will discuss include how to deal with school budget crises, using performance funding, efficient allocation of school resources, how media can cover school finance issues and the fiscal impact of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Media contact: Princine Lewis, (615) 322-NEWS princine.l.lewis@vanderbilt.edu

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