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Marlboro, VT (March 22, 2007) – Marlboro College graduate Carolyn Cushing will return to campus to discuss her activity with Progressive Communicators, a network of people who work with public relations and media professionals to spark grass roots community change.

The talk will take place on Tuesday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rice-Aaron Library.

Cushing says that media is a misunderstood part of social change, “They’re like the lighting people in a theater production.  You don’t necessarily think about them but you wouldn’t know what environmental justice groups were proposing if there weren’t people helping them get into media.”

Cushing will lay out a map of different areas of progressive media activism including alternative media, media reform and policy work. 

“One of our members is a Rhode Island Violence Coalition,” says Cushing. “They organized a coordinated campaign to educate journalist and managed to change the public opinion of Rhode Islanders and impact policy within the state.”

Cushing’s talk is free and open to the public but seating is limited.  For more information you can log on to our Web site at www.marlboro.edu and click on the “News” link.  You can also contact public affairs officer Kathy Reynolds at (802) 251-7644. 

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