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NPR’s first full-time TV critic Eric Deggans will present his lecture “Media and Politics: How the Average Person Can Make a Difference,” as part of the Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series.

The Leif Nissen Social Justice Lecture Series of Temple Beth-El is presenting the lecture in partnership with the League of Women Voters of the St. Petersburg Area, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater.

Deggans was the TV/media critic for the Tampa Bay Times for more than 16 years. He spent a year on the paper’s editorial board, writing bylined opinion columns.

He has also written for The Washington Post, New York Times online, Salon Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times, among many other publications. He has appeared frequently as an expert or analyst on MSNBC, CNN’s Reliable Sources including acting as a guest host Fox News Channel’s Fox and Friends, and the PBS shows Livelyhood and The Calling.

Deggans is the author of “Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation,” a study of the prejudice, racism and sexism prevalent throughout modern media.

He serves as chair of the Media Monitoring Committee for the National Association of Black Journalists and formerly served on the board of the national Television Critics Association.

He has lectured at Columbia University, Loyola University and the University of South Florida Honors program.

Deggans was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Gary, IN. He attended the Hebrew Academy of Northwest Indiana during his middle school years. He earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism from Indiana University. This year, the school awarded him the Distinguished Alumni Award in Journalism.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be Friday at Tempel Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S. Shabbat services will begin at 7:30 p.m. before the lecture’s 8:15 p.m. start time.

A dessert reception will follow the program.

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