Wednesday, 10 April, 2013
The discussion with Will Potter will promote a greater understanding of the animal rights and environmental movements within the context of a post-9/11 atmosphere in which activists are increasingly being labeled and prosecuted as terrorists. The discussion will focus particularly on the work that Will Potter has conducted in the United States, Austria, Finland and Spain. His discussion will provide space for exploring a bevy of topics including, but not limited to, the role of journalism within the academy, current trends towards the criminalization of investigative reporting, unsustainable global practices in factory farming, animal experimentation and contemporary environmental issues.
Will Potter is an award winning journalist who has lectured at more than 100 universities and public forums internationally including Georgetown University, The New York City Bar Association, and the House of Democracy and Human Rights in Berlin. Will is also an advisory board member of the Rosenberg Fund for Children, and he teaches investigative journalism at the University of Southern Maine. In 2006, Will spoke to the U.S. Congress about his reporting on issues dealing with social movements, terrorism, civil liberties and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.