Keynote Speakers

Richard Ross Richard Ross (7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25)
is a photographer, researcher and professor of art based in Santa Barbara, Calif. Ross was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2007 to complete work on “Architecture of Authority,” a body of work of thought-provoking and unsettling photographs of architectural spaces worldwide that exert power over the individuals confined within them. Aperture Press published the work in 2007; it was also named one of the best exhibitions of the year by ArtForum. Ross’s Guggenheim support also helped launch an investigation of the world of juvenile corrections and the architecture encompassing it. This led to Ross’s most recent work, “Juvenile In Justice,” which turns a lens on the placement and treatment of American juveniles housed by law in facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist and, occasionally, harm them.


bergman-lowellLowell Bergman (2 p.m., Friday, April 26) is the Reva and David Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Reporting at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, and director of the Investigative Reporting Program. He is also a producer/correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline. Bergman’s career spans nearly four decades, most notably as a producer, a reporter and then the director of investigative reporting at ABC News, and at CBS News as a producer for 60 Minutes. The story of his investigation into the tobacco industry was chronicled in the Academy Award–nominated film The Insider. From 1999 to 2008, Bergman was an investigative correspondent for The New York Times. Creating collaborative investigative projects using broadcast, print and the Web became his specialty. Bergman has received honors for both print and broadcasting, including the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded to The New York Times in 2004 for “A Dangerous Business” which detailed a record of worker safety violations coupled with the systematic violation of environmental laws in the cast-iron sewer and water pipe industry. That story is the only winner of the Pulitzer Prize to also be acknowledged with every major award in broadcasting.