Past Events

Peter Hart: Trends and Demographics in the 2016 Election

October 19, 2016 — Peter D. Hart, chairman of Hart Research Associates, a public opinion research firm that provides polls for NBC News and The Wall Street Journal, discussed the driving forces behind the 2016 presidential election, and the influence…

Amy Walter: The Current State of the Campaign

October 18, 2016 — Amy Walter, national editor of The Cook Political Report, discussed possible outcomes of the 2016 presidential and down-ballot races, and what may lie ahead after Election Day. Walter, who appears on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and “PBS NewsHour,”also…

Kelman Seminar: Mark Gerzon – Bridging the Partisan Divide

Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution with speaker: Mark Gerzon, Founder and President, Mediators Foundation Mark Gerzon is an author, leadership consultant, and veteran convener of cross-party conversations. In the twenty years since he co-designed and facilitated…

Conference on Race and Justice in the Age of Obama

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School, along with the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy; Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy; and Hutchins Center for African & African American Research are proud…

Joy-Ann Reid: How Race Impacts the 2016 Election

October 11, 2016 — Joy-Ann Reid, host of MSNBC’s “AM Joy” discussed the role of race within the Republican and Democratic parties, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the need for the U.S. to reckon with its history, in a…

Zeynep Tufekci: Technology in Global Activism, Uprisings and Social Movements

October 4, 2016 — Zeynep Tufekci, a New York Times opinion writer who focuses on the social impact of technology, discussed the advantages and shortcomings of the use of technology in protest movements. Tufekci, who is also an associate professor…

Cathy O’Neil—Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

October 4, 2016—Cathy O’Neil, data scientist and author of the new book Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, discussed how some algorithms can have an invisible, but important and destructive impact on people’s lives. Decisions…

FOIA in the Digital Age

9:00-10:00 a.m.  Networking Breakfast 10:00-11:30 a.m.  Panel discussion Email and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is in the national news—and has become part of the fabric of the 2016 presidential race. FOIA has helped journalists break many important national…

Carnegie-Knight Forum: Who Makes the News? Journalism and the State of Our Democracy

A Facebook Live presentation of the Shorenstein Center’s reports on the role of the media in the 2016 election and a panel discussion. Watch the video on the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Facebook page. Panelists will include: Molly Ball, staff writer, The Atlantic…

Patrick Ruffini: Trump and the Future of the Republican Party

September 27, 2016 — Patrick Ruffini, co-founder and partner of Echelon Insights, a political research and analytics firm, discussed the September 26 presidential debate and the challenges facing the Republican Party in a conversation with Shorenstein Center director Nicco Mele….