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A Layman's Look at Libel

by Elizabeth Reinhart

During the Trump administration, libel law will be more relevant than it has been in decades. Mr. Trump promised a rally crowd that as president he would “open up our libel laws.” In September 2016, his wife, Melania, filed a libel suit against a 70-year-old Maryland blogger posting from home and against The Daily Mail. Defendants’ motion to dismiss failed. In
December, Mrs. Trump appeared at a routine scheduling conference to demonstrate just how serious she was as plaintiff.
What constitutes a cause of action in a lawsuit for libel? How can someone such as the Maryland blogger defend himself from charges of libel? Can a president “open up our libel laws”? How can a plaintiff be damaged by alleged libels? These issues and more will be addressed during a new course entitled
A Layman’s Look at Libel taught by emeritus professor and former chairman of the CSULB
Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, Lee Brown. This will be a discussion course with homework voluntary.
For more than 30 years, Lee has been teaching journalism students how to avoid libel suits. He taught at CSULB, San Diego State University, the University of Maryland and Buffalo State College (SUNY). As an undergrad, he was a reporter and editor at the Daily 49er. He worked two years as a publicist for Long Beach State and a combined five years as a reporter for the Independent and Press Telegram newspapers here in Long Beach. Lee received both his masters and PhD in journalism at the University of Iowa. A 1968 summer course on law and ethics, taught by Stanford University Professor of Law Marc Franklin, changed the focus of his academic career. In addition to teaching journalism mechanics, he has concentrated on all aspects of Mass Media and the Law.

Writing Your Cookbook

by Roz Hertz

How many times have you said, “Let’s meet for lunch or dinner” and then thought, “I wish I had that delicious apple pie recipe from grandma or that homemade bread recipe Mom and I used to bake together”? Some of us are too busy to cook these days, especially some seniors, and those precious family recipes along with memorable traditions associated with them have been lost. Yesmean Rihbany, our instructor, relied on others to cook family recipes, and consequently, they were not written down for future generations to share. Friends encouraged Yesmean to present this workshop so that others can learn how to create their own cookbooks and embrace the goal of preserving family recipes and the traditions they may represent for future generations.
In this class, students will learn the components of assembling a cookbook plus how to write out recipes. Steps in recipe testing will be taught, along with how to photograph food. Suggestions will be given on how to capture the stories and memories that coincided with the cooking experience. You will learn about a variety of ways to publish if you should choose to do so. Food plays many roles in our daily lives. We need food to survive, but we also cherish the associations and memories that we recall when we have shared the cooking experience with loved ones.
Yesmean graduated from CSULB. She later worked in the corporate world, training leadership and employee development. Her work also involved teaching the psychology of communication at the school and college levels. She still works part-time.
The last day of class has a delicious surprise for students, one that they will create. Start a new hobby, or revise an old one. Bon appetite!