What: Jeffrey Brown, Chief Correspondent for Arts, Culture, and Society for the PBS NewsHour, public television's evening news program airing nationally and abroad, and his spouse, the renowned artist, educator and author, Paula Crawford, will spend a week at Saint Mary’s College of California as Visiting Woodrow Wilson Fellows from March 31 to April 3, 2014. Brown and Crawford will speak with student groups and visit classes to address topics such as the changing media landscape, the evolution of the news business, the value of a liberal arts education, arts criticism and the importance of the arts in American culture.

Brown and Crawford will entertain questions and comments from the public about the state of the arts in the nation, the changing media landscape, and of course, politics, in this year's Woodrow Wilson forum “Turning the Tables: Your Chance to Interview Jeffrey Brown,” at 7p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The forum is free and open to the public and will take place in Saint Mary's Soda Activity Center.  

Brown will also moderate "Trading Secrets: Arts-Poetry-Practice," a panel presentation that explores the intersections of book cover art, graphic arts and poetry, at 6:30p.m. on Wednesday, April 2 2014. The event also features readings by Brenda Hillman, the Olivia C. Filippi Professor of Poetry at Saint Mary's, and author of the acclaimed new Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire, Saint Mary's education professor Raina León, author of the poetry collection Boogeyman Dawn and Saint Mary's MFA Program manager and poet Sara Mumolo. Additional panelists include Bay Area poets Alexandra Mattraw and Kevin Simmonds. The engaging arts event is free and open to the public and will take place in the Hagerty Lounge in the College's De LaSalle Hall.

An award-winning journalist, Jeffrey Browns's career spans more than twenty years at the PBS NewsHour. He has interviewed leading newsmakers across the country, served as senior producer for national affairs for more than a decade and covered stories across the globe, including the Middle East and Haiti. As the NewsHour's chief arts correspondent, he created and hosts "Art Beat," the national news program's popular online arts and culture blog.

An accomplished artist, Paula Crawford, has a notable record of national, international, and regional exhibitions and citations that include exhibitions in New York, California, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, and Washington, as well as international shows in Peru, Paraguay, Canada, and Jordan. Crawford's work has been reviewed by the Washington Post, Stroll Magazine, Articulate Contemporary Art Review, Baltimore Sun and Art News. International coverage includes Peru’s El Commercio, the Toronto Globe and Mail and Paraguay’s Diario abc Color. Crawford also co-authored, with sculptor Kendall Buster, The Critique Handbook, The Art Student’s Sourcebook and Survival Guide. The handbook has become a staple for artists, art faculty, and students of art across the globe.

When:

  • "Turning the Tables: Your Chance to Interview Jeffrey Brown," 7p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, Soda Activity Center

  • "Trading Secrets: Arts—Poetry—Practice," 6:30p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Hagerty Lounge, De LaSalle Hall,

Where: Saint Mary's College, 1928 St. Mary's Road, Moraga, CA  94556

Background: The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., brings prominent non-academic professionals to campuses across the United States for seminars, workshops and lectures. For more than three decades Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows have introduced students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community and achievement. Saint Mary’s College has participated in the Visiting Fellows program for 20 years. 

For more information about the visit of Woodrow Wilson Fellows Jeffrey Brown and Paula Crawford to Saint Mary's, contact Nancy Clark in the College's office of Faculty Development at (925) 631-4111 or nclark@stmarys-ca.edu.

About SMC 
The Saint Mary’s College of California experience inspires learning that lasts a lifetime. For 150 years, the College has provided students with a rigorous education that engages their intellect and spirit, and awakens a desire to transform society. Guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church’s oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching, the College enrolls more than 4,100 students in undergraduate and graduate liberal arts and business programs. For more information visit Saint Mary’s College at stmarys-ca.edu and just 23 miles east of San Francisco.
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