Amy Goodman, host of the award-winning news program “Democracy Now!”, and one of more than 280 arrested in the coverage of protests during the Republican National Convention, is set to come to Geneva to share her experience. Goodman is on a national speaking tour marking the 12th anniversary of Democracy Now!, as well as the launch of her third book, and will speak at the Smith Opera House on Friday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
“This is a special opportunity for HWS students,” said Greg Cotterill assistant station manager of WEOS, who is hosting the event. “We’ve been trying for years to get her here, and now we have a big name that gives great coverage of both sides of the story in the news.”
On Monday, September 1, the opening day of the Republican National Convention, Goodman was among the gathering arrested in St. Paul, Minn. while covering the protests in the streets. Most of the estimated 10,000 people in a protest march were peaceful.
Goodman began her career in community radio in 1985 at Pacifica Radio’s New York Station, WBAI. Now with Democracy Now!, Goodman provides a national audience with access to people and perspectives rarely heard in the U.S. corporate-sponsored media, including independent and international journalists, ordinary people from around the world who are directly affected by U.S. foreign policy, grassroots leaders and peace activists, artists, academics and independent analysts.
Tickets for the event are on sale at www.thesmith.org or downtown at the Smith box office. General admissions is $15, with a limited number of $50 VIP tickets, which include a pre-show meet and greet with Goodman, as well as a copy of her latest book.
The reception for VIP ticket holders will be in the theater from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The doors open for general admission ticket holders at 6:30, when “Evil City String Band” from Ithaca takes the stage. Goodman’s talk begins then at 7:30.