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

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

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

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…

Nadine Strossen: “Free Expression: An Endangered Species on Campus?”

2015 Richard S. Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press October 7, 2015 – Nadine Strossen, John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law at New York Law School and former ACLU president, delivered the eighth annual Salant Lecture on Freedom…

Podcast: How Social Media Shaped Coverage of Ferguson Protests

August 17, 2015 — On this installment of the Shorenstein Center’s Media and Politics Podcast, Wesley Lowery, reporter at The Washington Post, discusses his extensive coverage of Ferguson, Missouri, and its lessons for the media. Also featuring Michele Norris, NPR…

Wesley Lowery: Reporting on Ferguson and Subsequent Developments

February 17, 2015 — Wesley Lowery, Washington Post reporter, discussed his extensive coverage of Ferguson, Missouri, and its lessons for the media. When Lowery arrived in Ferguson at the beginning of the protests, he had no idea what was to come….