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The Forum to present award-winning journalist Josh Rushing Nov. 30

RELEASED: Nov. 16, 2011

Josh Rushing
Josh Rushing

EAU CLAIRE — The Forum will present award-winning journalist Josh Rushing Nov. 30 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. His lecture — "What's Wrong with American News? And Why It's Your Fault!" — will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Rushing is presenter of "Fault Lines," Al Jazeera English's flagship current affairs television series about the Americas. A former U.S. Marine captain with 14 years of service, Rushing served as a spokesperson at Central Command in Doha, Qatar, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His efforts to communicate the American message on Al Jazeera were captured in the independent film "Control Room" (2004), and made Rushing an accidental celebrity. The documentary first screened at the Sundance Film Festival, enjoyed theatrical release across the world and continues to affect audiences. "Control Room" will screen during the UW-Eau Claire International Film Series Dec. 1-4.

Rushing resigned from the military in 2004 and a year later went to work for Al Jazeera's new English-language international news network as a military and current affairs correspondent. That transformation is at the center of his 2007 book, "Mission Al Jazeera: Build a Bridge, Seek the Truth, Change the World." The book blends his personal story with a unique behind-the-scenes look into the controversial Al Jazeera broadcast networks.

Major news outlets that have covered Rushing's career include "The Today Show," "Anderson Cooper 360," "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "The O'Reilly Factor," NPR's "Fresh Air" and "All Things Considered," Fast Company magazine (cover), GQ, the Los Angeles Times (front page), USA Today (front page), The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

As an international correspondent Rushing has hosted and produced programs all over the world. So far in 2011 Rushing has filmed two "Fault Lines" episodes in Mexico, a third in Colombia and another in Chile. Rushing has reported from dozens of countries and across America on issues as far ranging as the growing obesity epidemic to the plight of the mentally ill in prison.

When Rushing is not in front of the camera for his show, he is behind it photographing the world as he sees it. In November his series, "Baghdad: A Model City," was awarded first place (fine art portfolio) in FotoWeek DC's international awards competition and exhibited in Washington, D.C.

"This series of aerial tilt-shift photos offers a glimpse of Baghdad's unbounded future," Rushing wrote, "a hope for a new Baghdad: a model city known for its own treasures instead of the violence unleashed by the course of recent history."

Established in 1942, The Forum maintains a tradition of being one of the longest continuous lecture series in the U.S. A typical Forum includes a 60-minute lecture, a 30-minute question-and-answer session and an open reception. The program will be signed for the deaf and hard of hearing. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are also available upon request.

Tickets are $8 for the public; $6 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff; and $4 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Student tickets are half price, $2, until the day of the event. On the day of the event, students must pay the full student ticket price.

Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center and also will be sold at the door.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to Discover, MasterCard or Visa when they purchase online or order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all online and telephone charge orders.

Wisconsin Public Radio, Community Television and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support for The Forum. The Forum is also funded in part by Visit Eau Claire ... The Unexpected Wisconsin.

Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, The Forum is administered by the Activities, Involvement, and Leadership office of the University Centers.

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JS/DW

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