This fall, UC San Diego Park & Market was home to an engaging conversation sponsored by the long-standing Helen Edison Lecture Series, a program of UC San Diego Extended Studies. The series allowed for distinguished speakers from all fields of the humanities to share their thoughts with the university and wider community. The topic of this particular discussion was -the future of news- and brought together journalists, authors, educators, philanthropists and community members to discuss the current media landscape, what elements of today’s journalism should remain, and what is in need of change.
Park & Market Intersections: A Conversation with Kevin Merida, Los Angeles Times Executive Editor & Donna Britt, author and Washington Post syndicated columnist
Dean Nelson, award-winning journalist, talented author, Point Loma Nazarene University journalism professor and host of Writer’s Symposium by the Sea, facilitated the lively conversation between one of The Huffington Post’s “Top African American Power Couples”, Kevin Merida and Donna Britt. Kevin Merida is a journalist, author and newspaper editor. He currently serves as executive editor at the Los Angeles Times, where he oversees and coordinates all news gathering operations. He is the former editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated, and previous managing editor of The Washington Post. Donna Britt is an author and former syndicated newspaper columnist, reporter and critic. Her first book, Brothers (& me): A Memoir of Loving and Giving, was published in 2011, and was a top pick by O: The Oprah Magazine.
Thanks to the building’s advanced audio-visual capabilities, the conversation was filmed and is now available to the public online. Check out the full event video here.
Building Connections at the Corner of Park and Market
UCSD’s downtown San Diego presence at the corner of Park and Market was built on the idea that a university’s relationship with the community is as dynamic as the community itself. The university was proud to host “A Conversation with Kevin Merida and Donna Britt” to address a pressing issue of our time and bring the community together to engage in meaningful conversation.
Serving as a social and intellectual hub, Park & Market harnesses the resources of a global university to bring multidisciplinary and culturally informed art and science, technology, civic engagement and lifelong learning opportunities to the San Diego public.
Spark Your Next Connection
The Helen Edison Lecture Series is an ongoing program facilitated by UC San Diego Extended Studies. It was launched thanks to a gift from the late Helen Edison, a San Diego philanthropist who supported numerous local educational, cultural and arts efforts. In accordance with the gift, since 1985 the series has presented free public lectures on issues that advance humanitarian purposes and objectives. Past guests include Bill Keller, John Lithgow and Cornel West. Learn more about the series and watch recordings of past conversations online.
Managed by UC San Diego’s Division of Extended Studies, Park & Market is a 66,750-square-foot, mixed-use building. The public can participate in a wide array of programs to learn from and work alongside others, including academic programs, trainings, art installations and cultural events. Learn more and spark your next connection at parkandmarket.ucsd.edu.