Kenneth Turan, film critic for the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

His talk, part of Minnesota Public Radio’s 2010-2011 Broadcast Journalism Series, is co-sponsored by St. Thomas’ College of Arts and Sciences and Communication and Journalism Department.

The talk is free but tickets are required. Tickets are available at any of the Twin Cities Bibelot Shops.

Kenneth Turan

Kenneth Turan

At St. Thomas, Minnesota Public Radio’s “movie maven” Stephanie Curtis will interview Turan about movie coverage, the role of critics in the new digital world, whether there will still be theaters in a decade and overlooked movie gems we should seek out.

Turan directs the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and has been the newspaper’s book review editor. He also has been a staff writer for the Washington Post and TV Guide.

A graduate of Swarthmore College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, he teaches film reviewing and nonfiction writing at the University of Southern California and is on the board of directors of the national Yiddish Book Center.

Turan is co-author of Call Me Anna: The Autobiography of Patty Duke and more recently wrote Sundance to Sarajevo: Film Festivals and the World They Made and Never Coming to a Theater Near You.

Minnesota Public Radio’s Broadcast Journalist Series, now in its 14th year, commissions renowned journalists for a 24-hour residency four times a year. They share insights on their craft and issues that affect our world.