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MCLA NAMES SETH ROGOVOY AS 2016 HARDMAN JOURNALIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will welcome journalist Seth Rogovoy to campus on Tuesday, March 22, and Wednesday, March 23, as this spring semester’s Hardman Journalist-in-Residence. He will present a talk, “Keeping the Beat: A Life in Journalism,” on Wednesday, March 23, at 11 a.m. in Murdoch Hall’s Sammer Dennis Room (218), on the MCLA campus.

Rogovoy is a writer, editor, award-winning critic, book author, cultural journalist, lecturer, teacher, radio commentator, cultural programmer, marketing consultant, record producer, theatrical producer, talent buyer’s agent, artist manager, and amateur photographer and musician.

“Keeping the Beat: A Life in Journalism” is free and open to the public. The Hardman Journalist-in-Residence series, which welcomes journalists from the region to campus each spring, is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment.

“As a journeyman writer, culture and arts critic, editor and producer, Seth has been a pillar of the Berkshire County arts and culture scene for decades,” said Dr. David Zachary Finch, assistant professor of English/communications at MCLA. “By working with him closely during his residency, MCLA students will gain the invaluable opportunity to explore firsthand how a writer can thrive professionally, at a time when writing and publishing no longer follow well-blazoned career paths.

“Seth is an impressive example of someone who has turned his many passions into a meaningful livelihood that makes a difference in his community,” he added.

According to Finch, Rogovoy will visit a number of journalism, media studies and arts writing classes during his two-day residency. He will meet with journalism students individually and over lunches, advise the staff of the Beacon – MCLA’s student-run newspaper – do interviews with MCLA media, and give the public talk on Wednesday, March 23, which will conclude with a question and answer session.

Together, Finch and Dr. Joseph Ebiware, professor of English/communications, serve as Hardman scholars, and are coordinating Rogovoy’s residence.

Rogovoy is the author of “Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet” (Scribner, 2009), a full-length analysis of Dylan’s life and work, and “The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover’s Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music” (Algonquin Books, 2000), a bestselling guide to klezmer music.

Rogovoy also is editor and publisher of “The Rogovoy Report” – an online magazine of cultural and critical news and observations — and BerkshireDaily and HudsonValleyDaily — e-newsletters aggregating news, features, and commentary from around the corner and around the globe.

For more than a quarter century, his work has appeared in the English-language national Jewish newsweekly, the “Forward,” to which he is a contributing editor. Rogovoy’s cultural journalism also has appeared in dozens of other publications throughout the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel.

Rogovoy is the programming consultant for the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, where he curates its annual “YIDSTOCK: Festival of New Yiddish Music,” which debuted in summer 2012 under his artistic direction.

His weekly cultural commentary can be heard on WAMC Northeast Public Radio Network on “Midday Magazine,” on Fridays between 12:30 and 1 p.m.

For more information, go to http://www.mcla.edu/About_MCLA/notablespeakers/hardmanlectureseries/index.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.