Manship School centennial features speakers, panels

The journalism program at LSU is turning 100 years old this week, and the Manship School of Mass Communication, having educated generations of students and borne witness to the typewriters-to-iPads “media-morphosis,” is honoring this milestone.

Festivities range from dinners to panels to tailgates and begin Wednesday with the school’s 1913 Society Dinner featuring speaker Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the Knight Foundation, a nonprofit that supports advances in journalism.

Carl Bernstein, who with Washington Post colleague Bob Woodward wrote the series of stories about the Watergate scandal that precipitated the premature end to Richard Nixon’s presidency, will speak at a sold-out lunch Thursday.

Media critic and New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen will keynote Friday’s lunch.

Panels on the news media will take place Thursday and Friday. While the panels are free to students, faculty and staff, others will be charged $50 for the entire day’s sessions.

“As a result of those tumultuous 100 years, I’m more convinced that we must teach students that nothing is forever,” Manship School Dean Jerry Ceppos said in his Centennial Message.

“Our goal is to prepare our students to accept, and even embrace, change.”

The week’s events are as follows.

Wednesday: 1913 Dinner, 6 p.m., Lod Cook Alumni Center, tickets required.

Thursday: Free public panels starting at 9 a.m. in the Journalism Building’s Holliday Forum. Lunch with Carl Bernstein, 12:15 p.m., LSU Union Atchafalaya Room (sold out). Manship Hall of Fame Gala, 6 p.m., Renaissance Hotel, tickets required.

Friday: Free panels starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Journalism Building’s Holliday Forum. Jay Rosen keynote lunch, 11:30 a.m. Centennial Celebration Birthday Party, 6:30 p.m., Shaw Center River Terrace, tickets required.

Saturday: Taste of Louisiana Tailgate, 2 p.m. Journalism Building Terrace, tickets required. A Daily Reveille tailgate event will be held near the Indian burial mounds for current and past members of The Reveille staff. ($15 ticket required, available online at

For information, email, visit, or call Emily Wascom, director of Centennial Acitivites, at (225) 578-2187.

Andrea Gallo is a LSU Manship School of Mass Communication student writer.

Editor’s note: This story was modified on Oct. 23, 2013, to indicate that the panels are free to LSU students, faculty and staff, but there is a charge for others who want to attend. The Advocate regrets the error