Adam Serwer

The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer: The Politics of Racism in Trump’s America

March 27, 2018—Adam Serwer, senior editor at The Atlantic, discussed the role of race and class in U.S. politics, and its media coverage, during a visit to the Shorenstein Center. Below are some highlights of his conversation with Shorenstein Center…

Historian Heather Ann Thompson on the Criminal Justice System and the Media

Historian Heather Ann Thompson on the Criminal Justice System and the Media

March 20, 2018—Heather Ann Thompson, a historian at the University of Michigan and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, discussed the Attica Prison uprising of 1971, its media coverage, and its legacy. Below are some highlights from her conversation with Khalil G. Muhammad,…

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…

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…

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,…