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Aug. 26, 2003


    OSWEGO -- The publisher of a community paper that covers the area around Ground Zero in Manhattan will be the guest speaker at SUNY Oswego's Opening Convocation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Tyler Hall's Waterman Theatre.
   John Sutter, publisher of The Villager, will discuss advocacy journalism as a tie-in to the book "Fast Food Nation," selected for campus-wide reading under the Oswego Reading Initiative. The bestseller, written by journalist Eric Schlosser, gives a behind-the-scenes look at the fast-food industry and tackles such issues as multinational marketing, food safety, obesity and mass culture.

    Linda Loomis, director of SUNY Oswego's journalism program, recommended Sutter after she and 10 of her students saw him speak at the spring conference of the New York Press Association.

    "As the publisher of the newspaper closest to Ground Zero, he shared his experience of Sept. 11, 2001, with the entire gathering," Loomis said of Sutter, who accepted an award for excellence in publishing at the conference.

    "Members of the audience were stunned into silence and moved to tears by his narrative of what it meant to be, first, a caring human being and, second, a dedicated journalist in that first awful day and in the days of fear and pathos and survival that followed," she recalled.

    A reception for "Fast Food Illustrated," a student exhibition in Tyler Art Gallery featuring visual interpretations of the book, will precede the convocation from 5 to 7 p.m.
   For more information about Opening Convocation and related ORI events, visit

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