Nancy Gibbs

2017 Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics with Nancy Gibbs: “The Divided States of America”

November 15, 2017 — Nancy Gibbs, editorial director of Time Inc. News Group and former editor of Time Magazine, delivered a thought-provoking speech on American values, political polarization, and the impact of social media and journalism. Also at the event, Kevin…

Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan on Improving Food Policy and Its Coverage in the Media

October 31, 2017—Author Michael Pollan discussed the Farm Bill’s far-reaching impact on the U.S. food system and the environment, how journalists can better cover food policy, and more during a visit to the Shorenstein Center. Below are highlights from his…

Nancy Scola

Politico’s Nancy Scola: Reporting on and Regulating the Tech Industry

October 24, 2017 — Nancy Scola, senior technology reporter for Politico, discussed the regulation of tech platforms, their role in the 2016 election, cyber security, and more during a visit to the Shorenstein Center. Below are some highlights from her…

Nicco Mele, Doug Elmendorf, and Richard Parker

Dean Doug Elmendorf: Understanding the Congressional Budget Office

March 22, 2017— Doug Elmendorf, Dean of Harvard Kennedy School and former director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) from 2009-2015, discussed why the CBO exists, how it works, and how the media reports on its findings, in a conversation…

Farai Chideya and Zack Exley: Understanding the Electorate

March 7, 2017— Farai Chideya, Joan Shorenstein Fellow and senior writer at FiveThirtyEight, and Zack Exley, Joan Shorenstein Fellow and senior advisor to Bernie Sanders’ campaign, discussed the role of race and class in the 2016 presidential election. Below are…

Define American: Humanizing the Immigration Debate with Jose Antonio Vargas

Jose Antonio Vargas is a journalist and filmmaker, and serves as the CEO of Define American and #EmergingUS. Jose was part of The Washington Post team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for coverage of the…

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…

Beyond Ideology: A Conversation on Race, Violence and Justice

Jelani Cobb, Professor of History and Director of the Institute for African American Studies at the University of Connecticut, contributor to The New Yorker, and recipient of the 2016 Jay College of Criminal Justice Trailblazer award, along with Thomas Abt,…

2016 Goldsmith Seminar on Investigative Reporting

A panel discussion with the winner and finalists of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting: Robin McDowell, The Associated Press; Kimberly Kindy, The Washington Post; Michael LaForgia, Tampa Bay Times; Jessica Silver-Greenberg, The New York Times; Lisa Song, InsideClimate News; Jon Swaine, Guardian US; and Thomas Patterson, Shorenstein Center interim director…

Walter V. Robinson: Spotlight on Investigative Reporting

February 9, 2016 — Walter V. Robinson, editor at large for The Boston Globe, discussed the Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal, the Oscar-nominated film “Spotlight,” and the future of investigative reporting. Robinson, played by Michael Keaton…