- 12/15: "The Trust: The Private and Powerful Family Behind The New York Times." Brown-bag lunch with Alex S. Jones, Eugene C. Patterson Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist with The New York Times.
- 12/14: "A Realist's Report from Inside the Tech Economy." Brown-bag lunch with Jim Fallows, writer, editor and broadcaster.
- 12/7: "A Media Critic’s View of Campaign 2000 Coverage." Brown-bag lunch with Mark Jurkowitz, columnist and media critic at The Boston Globe.
- 11/30: "From Mainstream to Newstream: What Does 'Mainstream' Mean in Y2K?" Brown-bag lunch with Jon Funabiki, former journalist and currently program officer, Media Arts & Culture division of the Ford Foundation.
- 11/23: "Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know." Brown-bag lunch with Roy Gutman, covers issues and institutions of international security in Washington, D.C. for Newsday. Co-sponsored with the Carr Center for Human Rights.
- 11/16: "Savage Wars of Peace: Reporting from Ground Zero on American Ideals, Delusions and Downright Lies." Brown-bag lunch with Christopher Dickey, Paris bureau chief/Middle East Regional editor, Newsweek.
- 11/9: "Mad Gunmen and the Royal Family: Transatlantic Stereotypes." Brown-bag lunch with Martin Kettle, Washington bureau chief, The Guardian.
- 11/5: Theodore H. White Seminar. Panel discussion with Garry Wills, historian, author, journalist and adjunct professor at Northwestern University; Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Kennedy School of Government; Linda Wertheimer, host, All Things Considered, National Public Radio; Thomas Edsall, political reporter, The Washington Post; David Gergen, Public Service Professor, Kennedy School of Government. Moderated by Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press and acting director, Joan Shorenstein Center.
- 11/4: "A Necessary Evil: A History of American Distrust of Government." Theodore H. White Lecture with Garry Wills, historian, author, journalist and adjunct professor at Northwestern University. Introduction by Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press and acting director of the Joan Shorenstein Center.
- 11/2: "How the Media Created Candidate Beatty: Campaign 2000 and the New Mixed Media Culture." Brown-bag lunch with Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism.
- 10/26: "The Violation of Privacy at Home, at Work, and in Cyberspace." Brown-bag lunch with Jeffrey Rosen, associate professor of George Washington University Law School and contributor to numerous publications including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Times Magazine.
- 10/19: "A Politician Speaks on Today's Politics." Brown-bag lunch with Senator Alan Simpson, director of the Institute of Politics, Kennedy School of Government and former U.S. Senator from Wyoming.
- 10/12: "Corporate Power: You Can Run, But You Can't Hide." Brown-bag lunch with Diana Henriques, financial investigative reporter for The New York Times.
- 10/5: "How Close Is Too Close? The Coziness of Washington Journalists and Their Sources." Brown-bag lunch with Evan Thomas, managing editor, Newsweek.
- 9/28: "Media Coverage of the 2000 Presidential Election: Why It Will Be the Worst Ever." Brown-bag lunch with Ron Nessen, vice president of communications for the Brookings Institution and press secretary to President Gerald Ford from 1974 to 1977.
- 9/27: Shorenstein Center Visiting Faculty and Fellows Introduction. Lance Bennett, visiting Lombard Professor and professor of political science at the University of Washington; Bette Jean Bullert, assistant professor in the school of communication, American University and documentary filmmaker; Christina Holtz-Bacha, professor in communication at the University of Mainz (Germany); Paul Kellstedt, assistant professor of political science at Brown University; Jonathan Mirsky, journalist and former East Asia editor for The Times of London; and Richard Morin, director of polling, staff writer and nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post.
- 9/27: "The Corruption of American Politics: What Went Wrong and Why?" Brown-bag lunch with Elizabeth Drew, author, journalist and former Washington correspondent for The New Yorker.
- 9/21: "The New News Environment." Brown-bag lunch with Frank Sesno, senior vice president and Washington bureau chief, CNN.
- 5/4: "All Errors Are My Brother's." Brown-bag lunch with Marvin Kalb, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center, former chief diplomatic correspondent with CBS and NBC News, moderator of Meet the Press; and Bernard Kalb, co-host of CNN's Reliable Sources, former spokesperson for the State Department in the Reagan administration.
- 5/3: "Measuring National Identities: Innovative Questions for Comparative Public Opinion Research." Brown-bag lunch with Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann, director of the Allensbach Institute of Public Opinion Research and professor of communications, University of Mainz.
- 4/27: "New Frontiers, New Media." Brown-bag lunch with David Talbot, founder and editor of Salon magazine.
- 4/20: "The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America." Brown-bag lunch with Kevin Phillips, editor-publisher, The American Political Report.
- 4/13: "Religion and Politics: Does the Press Get It Right?" Brown-bag lunch with Jim Wallis, fellow at the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life and editor of Sojourners.
- 4/6: "Savage Wars of Peace: Reporting from Ground Zero on American Ideals, Delusions and Downright Lies." Brown-bag lunch with Christopher Dickey, Paris bureau chief and Middle East editor for Newsweek.
- 3/23: Brown-bag lunch with Bill Press, host of "Crossfire," CNN's political debate program.
- 3/17: "Israel Goes to the Polls: A First Election Beyond Peace?" Brown-bag lunch with David Makovsky, diplomatic correspondent and analyst for Israel's leading daily Ha'aretz; special correspondent for U.S. News and World Report. Co-sponsored with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
- 3/16: "The Kosovo Crisis." Brown-bag lunch with Noel Malcolm, former chief political columnist of The Daily Telegraph; political editor and foreign editor of The Spectator (1988–92).
- 3/12: The Goldsmith Seminar on the Present and Future of Investigative Reporting. Panel with Lesley Stahl, co-editor, 60 Minutes; correspondent, CBS News; William Allen, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Kim Bell, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Gary Cohn, The Baltimore Sun; Will Englund, The Baltimore Sun; Alix Freedman, The Wall Street Journal; Bart Gellman, The Washington Post; Dan Keating, The Miami Herald. Moderated by Marvin Kalb, director, Joan Shorenstein Center.
- 3/11: The Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism presented to Lesley Stahl, co-editor, 60 Minutes; correspondent, CBS News.
- 3/9: "Violence, Free Speech and the Media." Brown-bag lunch with Dr. Sissela Bok, author of Mayhem: Violence as Public Entertainment; Lying: Moral Choice in Private and Public Life; and Secrets: On the Ethics of Concealment and Revelation.
- 3/2: "How the Politician Deals with Today's Press." Brown-bag lunch with Senator David Pryor (D-Ark., 1979–96).
- 2/16: "Public Press, Private Lives." Brown-bag lunch with Deborah Mathis, White House correspondent, Gannett News Service.
- 2/10: "Compassion Fatigue: How the Media Sell Disease, Famine, War and Death." Brown-bag lunch with Susan Moeller, journalist and professor, Brandeis University. Co-sponsored with the Human Rights Initiative.
- 2/9: "Ten Things the Media Is Doing Right." Brown-bag lunch with David Nyhan, columnist at The Boston Globe.
- 2/8: Shorenstein Fellows and Visiting Faculty Introduction: Thomas Benson, professor of rhetoric at Pennsylvania State University; Wolfgang Donsbach, professor of communication, Dresden University of Technology; Michael Goldfarb, London bureau chief at National Public Radio; William Hammond, senior historian, U.S. Army Center for Military History; Xiguang Li, senior editor, Xinhua News Agency; and Alina Pippidi-Mungiu, former news director, Romanian Public Television.
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