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Racial Equity in Pop Culture: Wesley Morris

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New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris speaking with Doug Fabrizio at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Sometimes, New York Times critic-at-large Wesley Morris wishes he could just watch a movie. Just watch, and not think about what racial message is being sent. When he joined us for our speaker series, we talked with Wesley Morris about the power of film and popular culture to mold and influence us.

RadioWest divider.

Sometimes, the New York Times critic Wesley Morris wishes he could just watch a movie. Just watch, and not think about what racial message is being sent. While he doesn’t only write about race and justice, Morris feels his job does come with a moral responsibility to say something. That’s because movies, he says, are part of a larger conversation about how we live our lives. When he joined us in front of a live audience as the second guest in our Problem of Equity speaker series, which we host in partnership with the United Way of Salt Lake, Morris talked about the power of film and popular culture to mold and influence us.  

Our final speaker series guest will be the activist and podcast host Brittney Packnett on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. at the SJ Quinney College of Law on the University of Utah campus. For more information, go to kuer.org/term/2019-speakers-series.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.