Untying Knots Podcast: Episode 1

Untying Knots Podcast: Episode 1

Transforming Wealth Inequity through Anti-Racist Funding Hosts: Nikhil Raghuveera and Erica LichtFeaturing: Karla Nicholson (Haymarket People’s Fund) and Lucas Turner-Owens (Boston Ujima Project)July 202040 Minutes and 34 Seconds Hundreds of years of racist institutional policies have denied wealth to Black,…

Canaries in the Coal Mine: COVID-19 Misinformation and Black Communities

Canaries in the Coal Mine: COVID-19 Misinformation and Black Communities

Even as Black people are disproportionately dying from the virus due to systemic racism, harmful inaccuracies about COVID-19 are metastasizing in Black online spaces. Using multi-site digital ethnography, Shorenstein Center Fellow Brandi Collins-Dexter tracked and identified the spread of this disinformation, and makes recommendations on how to combat it.

Resources and Reading on Racial Justice, Racial Equity  and Anti-Racism

Resources and Reading on Racial Justice, Racial Equity and Anti-Racism

A list of books, articles, podcasts, organizations, and other resources, curated by the Institutional Anti-Racism and Accountability Project, to help better understand current issues about race, and what it means to be anti-racist.

A Black Lives Matter protest in the wake of George Floyd's killing

This is a Moment of Generational Change for Black People – If We Learn the Lessons of the Past

This commentary by Executive Director Setti Warren was first published in The Telegraph (UK) on June 5, 2020. We are living at a time of generational change and if we embrace principles from previous movements, we can alter the lives of future generations.

George Floyd protests highlight the deep racial disparities in the US

(This article by Shorenstein Center Executive Director Setti Warren first appeared in the UK’s The Telegraph on May 31, 2020.) In February of 1968 the Kerner Commission report was released…to understand the causes of the 1967 race riots in the United States and provide recommendations for the future. The recent killing of George Floyd shines a light on the fact that more than 50 years later, our cities find themselves in much the same circumstances.

Can Cities Save the Census? A Local Framework for Our Nation’s First Digital Count

With trust in federal government and institutions at historic lows, local governments, including cities and counties, must play a critical role in the 2020 Census. If we don’t get the census right, there is so much we are at risk of getting wrong – the implications of which will last for years.

Estimating the Effect of Asking About Citizenship on the U.S. Census

The 2020 U.S. Census will, for the first time since 1950, ask about residents’ citizenship status. The effect of doing so on census completion across different racial/ethnic groups is, however, unknown. Leveraging a survey experiment, we are the first to assess the causal effect of this question change.

Setti Warren on government, campaigns, and the media

September 18, 2018—Setti Warren, new Executive Director of the Shorenstein Center, and former mayor of Newton, MA, joined Nicco Mele to discuss local government, electoral campaigns, the importance of a robust local media, and more. Full audio below, and you can…

In the Shadow of Kerner: Fifty Years Later, Newsroom Diversity and Equity Stall

Introduction The staffing of the American news media has never fully reflected the diversity of the nation. For most of the country’s history, Latino and non-white journalists were not welcomed in white-run newsrooms and, through their own news outlets, produced…

Jelani Cobb on Race, Populism, and Politics

April 17—Jelani Cobb, A.M. Rosenthal Writer-in-Residence at the Shorenstein Center and staff writer for The New Yorker, discussed the influence of history on current events, changing demographics in the U.S., the media’s coverage of racial issues, and more during a…