Knight Foundation president to speak to ASU Cronkite graduates

May 8, 2014

Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will be the keynote convocation speaker next week for graduates of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

The ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m., May 15, at ASU Gammage. More than 250 students are expected to graduate. portrait of Alberto Ibargüen Download Full Image

As the head of Knight, Ibargüen leads one of the largest private independent foundations in the country. The foundation is the nation’s largest funder of journalism and media innovation, and invests in 26 U.S. communities where the Knight brothers operated newspapers. Ibargüen is the former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, Miami’s Spanish-language newspaper. Under his leadership, The Miami Herald won three Pulitzer Prizes, and El Nuevo Herald won Spain’s Ortega y Gasset Prize for excellence in journalism.

“Alberto Ibargüen is one of the most influential thought leaders in journalism today, and his leadership of Knight Foundation has led to important and critically needed digital innovations,” said Cronkite School Dean Christopher Callahan. “I can't think of a better speaker to inspire our new graduates as they embark on their careers in the digital media world.”

Ibargüen serves on the boards of PepsiCo, American Airlines Group and AOL, and is a former chair of the World Wide Web Foundation, an international organization that promotes Internet freedom founded by Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee. Over time, he has served on boards for multiple arts, education and journalism organizations, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Wesleyan University and Smith College.

Knight Foundation has had a long relationship with the Cronkite School, supporting key programs that include Carnegie-Knight News21, in which top journalism students from across the country conduct national investigations into issues critical to Americans and showcase their findings in innovative ways on the Web.

Cronkite also has a Knight Chair in Journalism, a tenured professorship supported by an endowment from Knight Foundation. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Doig, one of the world’s foremost experts on data journalism, holds the chair.

Most recently, the Cronkite School launched the Public Insight Network Bureau, a specialized news bureau in which students work with professional news organizations around the country to deepen their connections to audiences, under a grant from Knight Foundation, with additional support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and American Public Media.

Reporter , ASU Now


U.S.-Mexico borderlands professor to join ASU faculty

May 8, 2014

Arizona State University's School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies has hired Julian Lim to be a professor of history of U.S.-Mexico borderlands.

Lim comes from the Washington University in St. Louis, where she is a postdoctoral fellow in history and a Dean’s Research Fellow in the School of Law. Her research interests involve law and history, focusing on questions of immigration, race and the U.S.-Mexico borderlands. She is working on a book, “Porous Borders, Forged Boundaries: Multiracial Migrations in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.” This work traces the movement of Mexican, Chinese and African-American men and women in the border region during the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Julian Lim joins the faculty at ASU Download Full Image

It is a study in diversity mirrored in Lim’s own background. Lim grew up in California, “where racial and ethnic diversity was a part of my everyday life,” she says. “Growing up, my extended family was multiracial and diverse, with various family members of Korean, Chinese, Mexican, Jewish and African American heritage.”

And how did an Asian scholar become interested in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands? “Initially, I was trying to better understand Chinese immigration to Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border. But as I began to research it, what I uncovered was a much richer and a more multiracial history about immigration in the borderlands – one in which Chinese, Mexican, and African American men and women tried to define the space between the United States and Mexico with their own understandings of freedom.”

Lim was attracted to ASU’s culture of interdisciplinarity, as it reflects the nature of her own scholarship in history and law. She also expresses a deep appreciation for the school’s active commitment to public history, and to bringing together scholarly research with public engagement.  “I’m looking forward to interacting with the broader Phoenix community about the pressing political and social issues surrounding the border, immigration, and race today,” says Lim.

Lim joins the faculty in the fall of 2015.

The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is an academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

Written by Beatriz Kravetz

Margaret Coulombe

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