Humanitas Visiting Professor in Media 2013-14: Alastair Campbell The Humanitas Chair in Media has been made possible by the generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation. Alastair Campbell will give two public lectures and participate in a concluding symposium, Media and Politics in a Changing World, on Wednesday 20 November. This second lecture is Journalism and democracy: grounds for optimism in the face of the future? Here Mr Campbell will address the challenges facing journalists, and the potential for positive changes in how journalism is conducted and regulated. He will attack what he calls the Big Lies told by the press to fight the planned Royal Charter, urge politicians to hold firm, and insist the public want and will benefit from regulatory and cultural change in the UK media. - and so will journalism. The event is free to attend and no registration is required. Other events in this series: Lecture 1: Why journalism, and why it matters in a world of flux Symposium: Media and Politics in a Changing World About the Professorships: Humanitas is a series of Visiting Professorships at Oxford and Cambridge intended to bring leading practitioners and scholars to both universities to address major themes in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Created by Lord Weidenfeld, the Programme is managed and funded by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue with the support of a series of generous benefactors, and co-ordinated in Cambridge by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). Humanitas Visiting Professorships are held by distinguished academics and leading practitioners who have contributed to interdisciplinary research and innovation in a broad range of contemporary disciplines in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Covering areas of urgent or enduring interest in today's society, including the performing arts, Humanitas Visiting Professors present their pioneering work through a series of lectures or performances open to University audiences and the wider public.