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October 21, 2016  RSS feed

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TV critic to discuss media, politics and how you can make a difference

Eric Deggans Eric Deggans NPR’s first full-time TV critic Eric Deggans will visit Temple Beth-El in St. Petersburg on Friday, Nov. 18 to present his lecture “Media and Politics: How the Average Person Can Make a Difference,” as part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series.

Deggans was previously the TV/media critic for the Tampa Bay Times for more than 16 years. He spent a year on the paper’s editorial board of the paper, writing bylined opinion columns.

He has also written for the Washington Post, New York Times online, Salon Magazine and Chicago Sun-Times, among many other publications. He has appeared frequently as an expert or analyst on MSNBC, CNN’s Reliable Sources including as a guest host Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends, and PBS shows Livelyhood and The Calling.

Deggans is the author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, a study of the prejudice, racism and sexism prevalent throughout modern media.

He serves as chair of the Media Monitoring Committee for the National Associationof Black Journalists and formerly served on the board of the national Television Critics Association.

He has lectured at Columbia University, Loyola University and the University of South Florida Honors program.

Deggans was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Gary, IN. He attended the Hebrew Academy of Northwest Indiana during his middle school years. He earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism from Indiana University. This year, the school awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award in Journalism.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Shabbat services will begin at 7:30 p.m. prior to the lecture’s 8:15 p.m. start time.

A dessert reception will follow the program.

For more information, email Robin Warren at or call the temple office at (727) 347-6136. The temple is at 400 S. Pasadena Ave., St. Petersburg.

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