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Seeking Truth in the Public Square

with Daniel McCarthy, R. R. Reno, and Matthew Schmitz

Co-sponsored by First Things and the Collegiate Network 

Friday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.

9 East 40th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10016

Please join First Things and ISI's Collegiate Network as we hear from three established editors on their journeys as writers and thoughts on journalism for our modern times. In this panel, we hope to glean how we might seek truth though journalism by asking questions like: what, if any, are the limits of free speech and the press? As well as more practical questions like: is it important to develop a social media persona as a journalist today? 

This panel is primarily geared toward young professionals and aspiring journalists, but all ages are welcome to attend. Complimentary snacks and drinks will be provided.

Daniel McCarthy is vice president for the Collegiate Network at the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and editor of ISI’s journal Modern Age. He is responsible for ISI’s college journalism programs, which support independent campus publications and provide internships and fellowships to outstanding student reporters, writers, and editors. He has been a columnist for The Spectator and past editor of the American Conservative. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied classics.

Matthew Schmitz is a founder and editor of Compact. Previously, he was a senior editor of First Things. His writing has also appeared in the New York TimesWall Street JournalWashington PostTablet, and the American Conservative, for which he is a columnist. He is the recipient of a Lincoln Fellowship from the Claremont Institute and a Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship from The Fund for American Studies. He holds a degree in English from Princeton University and is a native of O'Neill, Nebraska. 

R. R. Reno (as you likely know) is the editor of First Things magazine. He earned his PhD at Yale and was a professor of theology and ethics at Creighton University for twenty years before assuming the editor's desk at First Things in 2010. He primarily writes on religion, faith, and Christians' participation in public life. He has written many books including Return of the Strong Gods and The End of Interpretation. He has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Claremont Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, and more