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Robert Trestan

Young people have the power to stem the tide of anti-Semitism and other hateful incidents, said Robert Trestan, executive director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Boston Office. Mr. Trestan spoke to Class II students at the invitation of the Jewish Student Union. Prior to joining the ADL, Mr. Trestan served for more than a decade as director of civil rights at the Boston Housing Authority and previously worked as an assistant public defender in Naples, Florida. He received his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Trent University.

“The most powerful thing you have is your voice. Speak out. If you do it collectively, you can make a huge difference.”

WHY WE NEED JOURNALISTS

Publishing stories: researching, interviewing, analyzing, reporting and responding—is challenging and in some cases, dangerous. Has the profession been affected by the wave of invectives, the efforts to sow mistrust, the drive to discredit journalists’ work? What seems difficult and what is rewarding about reporting on the world? Journalists are critical agents in helping us develop the awareness and the acuity to understand our world and to inform our choices.