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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - Evening Program
Live From the Dumpster Fire: The Challenges of Journalism in the Trump Era
Tina Nguyen '11

In an era of dwindling resources and increasing hostility towards the press, how does one cover a president and administration obsessed with alternative facts and dramatic twists, a populist base that will follow no matter what, and an internet easily manipulated by foreign influences and fake news memes? Tina Nguyen ’11, who follows Trump for Vanity Fair's Hive, will reflect on how the 2016 election fundamentally shook up journalism, the challenges the media faces in covering politics in an era of extreme polarization and uncertain truth, and her own personal, quasi-bizarre experiences in the trenches of reporting on fake news.

Tina Nguyen ‘11 is a staff reporter at The Hive, Vanity Fair's news vertical covering the power players of Silicon Valley, Washington, and Wall Street. She covers American politics, the conservative movement, and the media.

Prior to Vanity Fair, Nguyen worked at Mediaite, The Daily Caller, and The Braiser, where she was nominated for a James Beard Award. Nguyen graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2011, with an honors degree in government. While at CMC, she was the news editor for the Claremont Independent, a fellow at the Salvatori Center, and occasional cartoonist/columnist for The Forum.

Ms. Nguyen's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse at CMC.

Food for Thought: Podcast with Tina Nguyen '11

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - Evening Program
Lawyers and Law in India: A View from Bollywood—Screening and Discussion of JOLLY L.L.B.
Nita Kumar and Aseema Sinha, moderators

While Indian (Bollywood) movies typically show courts as unreal and dramatic, Jolly L.L.B. (2013), directed by Subhash Kapoor, is a satirical rendition of the reality of courtroom procedure in India, as well as on big money, corruption, and gritty ambition. Acclaimed by reviewers and audiences alike as well-acted and entertaining, the movie delivers a sharp sentence on Indian law. Professors Aseema Sinha and Nita Kumar, both at CMC, will lead a discussion on justice, corruption, and Bollywood.

Jolly L.L.B. tells the story of a small-town lawyer, Jolly, who files a public interest litigation against a rich young man who seems to have gotten away with murder. Defending the young man is Tejinder Rajpal, the most prominent advocate of the city, able to reduce Jolly to dust in the court. Yet, Jolly works hard, gathers evidence, and—learns to argue. In charge of the proceedings is Justice Tripathi, a curious, familiar mix of self-aggrandizement, idiosyncrasy, and—commitment to justice.

For those new to Bollywood, Jolly L.L.B. offers an introduction to the genre without the stereotypical slapstick, violence, and melodrama. 

For those familiar with the genre, Jolly L.L.B. offers solid direction, casting, script, comedy, and a serious plot line.

Movie screening will begin promptly at 5:30 pm.

(Parents Dining Room)