UCSB Arts & Lectures presents an evening with Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 at Campbell Hall. Celebrated for her commitment to free expression, human dignity and democratic government, journalist Ressa has spent decades speaking truth to power and challenging corruption.
A recipient of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, Ressa has been arrested multiple times for her reporting on the authoritarian administration of former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Her new book “How to Stand Up to a Dictator” tells the story of how democracy dies by a thousand cuts and how social media is killing our freedoms.
Ressa is the co-founder, CEO and executive editor of Rappler.com, an online news organization in the Philippines.
A TIME Magazine Person of the Year for 2018, and one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in 2019, Ressa has been honored around the world for her courageous and bold work in fighting disinformation, “fake news” and attempts to silence the free press.
Ressa advises organizations and corporations on corporate governance, values and strategy.
A journalist for more than 35 years, Ressa has been arrested on 10 charges related to exposing the Duterte government’s corrupt practices and was convicted of cyber-libel in June. She is out on bail pending her appeal, but Ressa vows to keep fighting.
Ressa was featured in the 2020 documentary “A Thousand Cuts,” which profiles her fearless reporting on the abuses of Duterte’s presidency, while illustrating social media’s capacity to deceive and entrench political power.
Maria Ressa is presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures. Tickets are $20-$35 general public; $10 UCSB students with current student ID.
For tickets or more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures, 805-893-3535 or purchase online at www.ArtsAndLectures.UCSB.edu.