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World Press Institute 50th anniversary gathering to feature James Fallows speech

Forty international journalists will be in town this week for WPI panels and programs at the University of St. Thomas.

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James Fallows

The World Press Institute celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, when 40 journalists from around the world will come to St. Paul for programs and panels.

The keynote speaker at Saturday’s dinner is James Fallows, an author, journalist, editor and media commentator, who is now a national correspondent for The Atlantic.

The Institute, started at Macalester College by Harry Morgan, has hosted more than 500 international journalists during its history. Alumni will come to this week’s events from Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden and Switzerland. It’s now based at the University of St. Thomas.

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Each fall the WPI hosts nine or 10 mid-career journalists who come to the U.S. for nine weeks of study and travel. They attend seminars and briefings at the University of St. Thomas, visit Ely, Minnesota, and farms near Tracy. They then travel around the country visiting business, community, political and journalistic leaders and top media organizations.

Panels for this week’s anniversary celebration are free and open to the public; the two talks, though, include a meal and require paid admission. Details are here.

Friday morning sessions at St. Thomas include:

  • “Covering Conflict,” 9 to 10:15 a.m., UST McNeely Hall/Room 100.
  • “Media Transformation into a Digital Age,” 10:45 to Noon, UST McNeely Hall/Room 100. 
  • Luncheon, 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., UST McNeely Hall/Room 100 with speaker Kelly McEvers, NPR foreign correspondent, who was recently was based in Beirut and before that in Baghdad.

Friday afternoon programs at Macalester College:

  • WPI Experience Interviews. Share your stories and memories, 3 to 7 p.m., Blakely Classroom.
  • Panel: WPI Fellow Experience, moderated by Jim Toscano. 4 to 5:30 p.m., Olin Rice.

The Saturday Gala with the Fallows speech starts at 6:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’ James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall in the Anderson Student Center.