Robert and Mabel Ruhl Lecture

Ta-Nehisi Coates speaking
Award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates delivers the 2017 Ruhl Lecture to a crowd of over 5,700 at Matthew Knight Arena.

Made possible by the Robert and Mabel Ruhl Endowment, the annual Ruhl Lecture brings the industry’s most influential voices in mass communication to the UO campus. Mabel W. Ruhl established the endowment in 1976 to honor her husband, the late Robert W. Ruhl. A celebrated publisher and editor of the Medford Mail Tribune, Robert Ruhl’s editorial battle against the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s clinched his reputation as an archetypal crusading small-town newspaper editor.

Past lecturers have included National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates, ProPublica editor-in-chief Stephen Engelberg, journalist and author Nora Ephron, and broadcast journalist Ann Curry.


2019 Ruhl Lecture: In Google We Trust

University of Oregon Ruhl Lecture 2019

Join us for an evening with Google’s Vice President of News Richard Gingras and Vice President of Global Communications and Public Affairs Corey duBrowa ’88. SOJC Associate Professor Seth Lewis will facilitate a conversation with Gingras and duBrowa about technology’s influence on society and news as well as the rising role of the “chief conscience officer.” This event is free and open to the public.

Where:           
University of Oregon Campus, Eugene
Erb Memorial Union, Redwood Auditorium

When:            
February 12, 2019
4–6 p.m.

Attend the 2019 Ruhl Lecture 


Past Ruhl Lecturers

2018 Dennis Dimick, National Geographic | Watch the Talk

2017 Ta-Nehisi Coates, journalist and author | See a Photo Gallery

2016 Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica | Watch a Video

2015 Karen Pensiero, The Wall Street Journal

2014 Eric Liu, author

2013 Ann Curry, NBC

2012 Anand Giridharadas, author and columnist

2011 Jere Van Dyk, author and journalist

2010 Philip Meyer, professor ermeritus, UNC Chapel Hill

2009 Martin Baron, editor, Washington Post

2008 Jan Schaffer, executive director, J-Lab

2007 Leonard Pitts, commentator, journalist, novelist

2006 Jay T. Harris, Wallis Annenberg Chair in Journalism and Democracy, University of Southern California

2005 Ann Marie Lipinski, journalist, curator of Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard

2004 John Carroll, editor, The Los Angeles Times

2003 Tom Rosenstiel, author, journalist, press critic and executive director of the American Press Institute

2002 Frank A. Blethen, publisher, The Seattle Times

2001 Nicholas Kristof, columnist, The New York Times

2000 Sandra Mims Rowe, former editor, The Oregonian

1999 Susan Meiselas, Magnum Photos

1998 Jerry Ceppos, San Jose Mercury News

1997 Suzanne Braun Levine, Ms. Magazine, Columbia Journalism Review

1996 Lawrence K. Grossman, NBC News, PBS

1995 Ellis Cose, Newsweek

1994 Jonathan Alter, Newsweek

1993 Joann Byrd, Washington Post

1991 Geneva Overholser, Des Moines Register

1990 Jay T. Harris, Knight-Ridder, Inc.

1989 David Shaw, The Los Angeles Times

1988 James H. Ottoway, Jr., Ottaway Newspapers, Inc.

1987 Deborah Howell, St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch

1986 Frederick Taylor, The Wall Street Journal

1985 Lewis Lapham, Harper’s Magazine

1984 Steve Neal, Chicago Tribune

1983 Seymour M. Hersh, journalist and author