Greenspun Faculty in the Vegas Valley Book Festival
Greenspun School faculty played prominent roles in the Vegas Valley Book Festival Oct. 22. On one panel, Visiting Lecturer Amanda Fortini discussed the enduring appeal of celebrity journalism. She also moderated “Women of the Essay,” featuring Megan Stielstra, Sarah Hepola, and Carina Chocano. Visiting Lecturer Michael Easter moderated a panel on the future of journalism, which featured Anne Helen Petersen of Buzzfeed, Nevada Independent editor Jon Ralston, and Wesley Lowery, a Pulitzer Prize-winner from the Washington Post. Associate Professor Julian Kilker moderated a discussion of offbeat travel destinations with Dylan Thuras of Atlas Obscura. Other speakers at the festival included Harper’s columnist Walter Kirn, New York Times book critic Dwight Garner, and Trumpcast co-host Virginia Heffernan. In addition, Fortini and Associate Professor Stephen Bates served on the planning committee.