Astra Speaker Series Fall 2017 / Winter 2018 | College of Arts

Astra Speaker Series Fall 2017 / Winter 2018

CFRU, ASTRA, College of Arts, College of Social and Applied Science, OPIRG, CSA, SLEF, SSF-ONE present

AMY GOODMAN In Conversation

with Scott Hertz-McWhinnie

Sunday, October 1, 2017
Rozanski Hall, room 104, University of Guelph
2:00 - 4:00 pm

General admission $15, available in advance through Ticketfly or at the University Centre Info Desk, University of Guelph
Students $10, available in advance only at the University Centre Info Desk

The unprecendented resistance to President Donald Trump's rise to power did not materialize overnight.  Grassroots movements have been challenging the establishment for years, and are what Democracy Now! reports on every day in its global news hour, and in this book.

From the standoff at Standing Rock over the Dakota Access Pipeline to the voices of grassroots leaders; from Black Lives Matter activists to the stories of those fighting for peace, climate justice, migrant rights, and LGBTQ equality; from uncovering government surveillance to fighting attacks on freedom of the press, Democracy Now! has been reporting for two decades from the front lines of the movements that are changing America and changing the world.

In these times of war and elections, movements and uprisings, we need independent media more than ever.  The commercial media serves as a mouthpiece for corporate and government interests - giving a platform to the pundits and the pollsters who know so little about so much, explaining the world to us and getting it so wrong.

Democracy Now!  is a modern-day underground railroad of information, bringing stories from the grassroots to a global audience.

Free speech is democracy's last line of defense.  We must demand it, defend it, and most of all, use it - now.


Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a daily, global news hour, broadcasting on more than 1,400 public television and radio stations around the United States and the world, with millions accessing it online at  An acclaimed international journalist, she has won the Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the Alternative Nobel Prize.  Goodman is also the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from Harvard's Nieman Foundation for Journalism, the George Polk Award, the Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting, and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award. This is her sixth New York Times bestselling book.


Scott Hertz-McWhinnie is the co-host of Open Sources Guelph, CFRU-FM’s weekly political news and current affairs show. He has appeared on Beyond the Ballot Box, The Working Week, Election Radio and developed The Labour Show for, one of the first podcasts of it’s kind in Canada. He has contributed to, Canadian Dimension and blogs at Hertz is the former bass player of The Rebel Girls and currently performs with The Paper Candidates.


Book sales by the University of Guelph Bookstore.


ASTRA and Art History present

Craig Ashley Hanson

The History of Before and After: A Prolegomena For A Visual Technology

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 5:30pm
MacKinnon room 114, University of Guelph