Past Events

Big Media Meets Blogging

October 10, 2006 – “Big Media Meets Blogging.” Brown-bag lunch with James Taranto, editor of and author of the “Best of the Web Today” column, Wall Street Journal.

James Carroll discusses the ‘power of alternatives to war’

October 3, 2006 — James Carroll, op-ed columnist for the Boston Globe and author of House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power discussed the effects of the military in America at the Shorenstein Center’s brown-bag…

Edsall presents overview of Republican Party’s dominance

September 26, 2006 — Tom Edsall, reporter for the National Journal and the New Republic, and author of Building Red America: The New Conservative Coalition and the Drive for Permanent Power, presented an overview of the Republican Party’s dominance in…

Covering Conflict: Reporting from the Middle East

September 19, 2006 – “Covering Conflict: Reporting from the Middle East.” Journalists from the region share their stories. Moderated by Alex S. Jones and John Shattuck.

The Freedom of Expression, The Harm of Expression, and The Danish Cartoons

May 25, 2006 – Fred Schauer, Frank Stanton Professor of the First Amendment, gave a lecture on freedom of expression in the context of the recent Danish cartoon controversy, as part of the Transatlantic Lecture Series of the Robert Schuman Centre of the…

Discussion with Louis Uchitelle

May 4, 2006 – Brown-bag lunch with Louis Uchitelle, New York Times economics reporter and author of The Disposable American.

Chira: Security concerns restrict reporting in Iraq

May 2, 2006 — At the Shorenstein Center’s brown-bag lunch, Susan Chira, foreign editor at the New York Times, explained that journalists in Iraq are restricted by security concerns in their efforts to do in-depth reporting. Reporters face “an ever-tightening…

For MSNBC’s Rick Kaplan, content is the key for increasing ratings

April 27, 2006 — Rick Kaplan, president and general manager of MSNBC, NBC News’ 24-hour cable channel, discussed the network’s strategy for increasing ratings at the Shorenstein Center’s brown-bag lunch. A journalist for over 30 years, Kaplan says content is…

‘O’ for Orwellian: Doublespeak and Its Effect on Democracy

April 18, 2006 – “‘O’ for Orwellian: Doublespeak and Its Effect on Democracy.” Brown-bag lunch with Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of the Nation.

Jurkowitz discusses bloggers’ impact on celebrity status

April 11, 2006 — Mark Jurkowitz, media critic for the Boston Phoenix, discussed how bloggers impacted the celebrity status of Jill Carroll at the Shorenstein Center’s brown-bag lunch. Jurkowitz suggested that the initial response of many bloggers to the Christian…