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Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media


Estlow Center for International Journalism and New Media


Anvil of Freedom Award LogoEach year, the Center works with industry professionals and academic leaders to select the Estlow lecturer and recipient of the Anvil of Freedom Award. The honoree is invited to serve as a keynote lecturer at a universitywide event, which recognizes outstanding contributions to journalism and democracy and also speaks with classes and student groups during his or her visit to campus, thus providing opportunities for deeper learning among students, faculty, staff and members of the public. The event forges interdisciplinary and cross-institutional connections and enables the University of Denver to serve as host for a fulsome exploration of the state of journalism and its evolving relationship to the democratic self-governance so central to U.S. identity.

The Estlow Lecture began in 1993, and the Anvil of Freedom award first was presented in 1997. The award is given to the Estlow lecturer in recognition of his or her superior leadership and commitment to ethics, integrity and democratic freedoms, especially the protection of the First Amendment. In some years, it is also given in conjunction with the Margolin Distinguished Lecture

2016-2017 Anvil of Freedom Honoree: Dr. Julianne Malveaux

malveauxbreakfastThe Edward W. and Charlotte A. Estlow Center's Anvil of Freedom Award for outstanding journalism and democracy was presented at DU's 2017 Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence in honor of 2017 Morton Margolin Distinguished Lecturer Julianne Malveaux, author of Are We Better Off? Race, Obama and Public Policy.

Malveaux has long been recognized for her progressive and insightful observations. She is a labor economist, noted author and colorful commentator.  Cornel West has described her as "the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country." Her contributions to the public dialogue on issues such as race, culture, gender and their economic impacts are shaping public opinion in 21st-century America. Her popular writing has appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. magazine, Essence magazine and the Progressive. Her weekly columns appeared for more than a decade (1990 to 2003) in newspapers across the country, including the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer, New Orleans Tribune, Detroit Free Press and San Francisco Examiner.

During her time as the 15th president of Bennett College, Malveaux was the architect of exciting and innovative transformation at America's oldest historically black college for women. Under her leadership, the administration identified four key focus areas: women's leadership, entrepreneurship, excellence in communications and global awareness. In the five short years of her presidency, Bennett College successfully received a 10-year reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, markedly improved existing facilities, embarked on a $21 million capital-improvements program — which marked the first major campus construction in more than 25 years — and in fall 2009 enjoyed a historic enrollment high.

Currently, Malveaux is the honorary co-chair of the Social Action Commission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute as well as the Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, D.C. A native of San Francisco, she is the president and owner of Economic Education, a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Washington.