Feb 3: Fred De Sam Lazaro Kicks Off Communiversity Series

Fred De Sam Lazaro
in conversation with Knute Berger
Monday, February 3, 2020 | 5:30 p.m.
Salish Coast Elementary School | Restaurant Finistère

Podcast of Centrum’s Fred De Sam Lazaro  Communiversity Lecture:

Curated to appeal to learners of all ages, Centrum’s new ‘Communiversity‘ arts and lectures series is designed to inspire thought-provoking conversations, throughout our community, highlighting a wide range of topics affecting our world. Each 90-minute event will feature selected experts in dialog with journalists and reporters from Crosscut and KCTS public media.

In our inaugural event, Knute and Fred will discuss his current work documenting the myriad causes and consequences of poverty and the work of change agents addressing them.

Fifty ticket holders will enjoy the opportunity to extend the evening’s discussion over dinner with our guests at Restaurant Finistère following the presentation.

Fred De Sam Lazaro

Fred De Sam Lazaro is executive director of the Under-Told Stories Project and has served as a correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, since 1985. He also was a regular contributor and substitute anchor for PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly. Fred also has directed films from India and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the acclaimed documentary series, Wide Angle.

Under-Told Stories is a journalism project focused on consequences of poverty and the work of change agents addressing them. Located at the University of St. Thomas, the project is building a library of social innovation and entrepreneurship reports, designed to use storytelling to enhance students’ understanding of the pressing global issues of our time.

Fred has reported from 70 countries with a focus on the myriad issues that underlie poverty and human suffering which are under-reported in the mainstream U.S. media. He is the recipient of three honorary doctorates, numerous journalism awards and media fellowships from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the University of Michigan’ Knight Wallace program.

Fred has served on the board of the College of St. Scholastica, in Duluth, MN, his alma mater, Minnpost, an online non-profit Minnesota news service, the Asian American Journalists Association and the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota. Fred was born in Bangalore, India and lives in St. Paul.

Knute Berger

Knute “Mossback” Berger is Crosscut’s Editor-at-Large and host of the Mossback’s Northwest TV series on KCTS 9. He writes about politics and regional heritage.

Previously he served as Editor-in-Chief of Seattle Weekly, Editor & Publisher of Eastsideweek, and as Managing Editor of Washington Magazine. He is Editor-at-Large for Seattle Magazine and has written two books, “Pugetopolis” and “Space Needle, Spirit of Seattle.” He is a regular commentator on KUOW-FM and a Rainier Club Fellow.

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