UCO to Host Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporter for Talk on National Security, Privacy

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti, who has covered national security for the Times since 2006, will speak on national security and privacy at the University of Central Oklahoma at 11 a.m. March 11 in Constitution Hall, Nigh University Center.

March 5, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

UCO TO HOST PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING REPORTER FOR TALK ON NATIONAL SECURITY, PRIVACY           

The University of Central Oklahoma’s American Democracy Project (ADP) will host a series of events on privacy and national security, March 11-13.

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti will speak on national security and privacy at 11 a.m. March 11 in Constitution Hall in the Nigh University Center (NUC).

Mazzetti has covered national security for The New York Times since 2006 and was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the intensifying violence in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Washington’s response. Additionally, Mazzetti was a Pulitzer finalist for reporting on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.

“Mark Mazzetti is one of the country’s top reporters on national security and intelligence, and is especially well known for reporting the CIA’s use of drone aircraft to assassinate terrorists in Pakistan and Yemen. He has also reported on the thorny issues that occur when the suspected terrorist target is an American citizen,” said Randall Jones, Jr., Ph.D., professor of political science at Central.

In conjunction with Mazzetti’s talk, the ADP will host several screenings of the documentary “Terms and Conditions May Apply.” The film examines what corporations and governments can learn about people through Internet and cell phone usage, and what may be done about it.

The film will be screened at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:45 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. March 12 in the Radke Fine Arts Theatre in the Center for Transformative Learning, and at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. March 13 in NUC Will Rogers Room.

“The ADP is dedicated to bring political and societal issues into focus for our students and the community through education, dialogue and action. Privacy and national security are at the forefront of our nation and are topics that need to be highlighted,” said Shel Millington, civic engagement assistant for ADP.

“These events allow faculty, staff, students and the community to consider the ethical and political ramifications of privacy and national security, both locally and internationally.”

All listed events are free and open to the public. For more information about the ADP, visit www.uco.edu/adp.

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Editor’s Note: To download art associated with this release, visit www.uco.edu/photo/Mazzetti03.14.

Cutline: Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti, who has covered national security for the Times since 2006, will speak on national security and privacy at the University of Central Oklahoma at 11 a.m. March 11 in Constitution Hall, Nigh University Center.