Government Institutions Audio & Video

Linda Greenhouse: The Post-Scalia Supreme Court

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
12:00-1:00pm
Taubman 275

March 22, 2016 — Linda Greenhouse, longtime New York Times Supreme Court reporter, discussed the current polarization of the court, the nomination of Merrick Garland, and the legacy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Today’s politically divided Supreme Court is…

Criminal Justice in the Age of Big Data

Friday, November 13, 2015, 9:30 - 11:30am
One Brattle Street, Room 402

“Our criminal justice system isn’t as smart as it should be.” — President Obama, July 15, 2015 This summer, President Obama addressed the 106th NAACP convention to lay out the reasons we need to reform the criminal justice system. The numbers speak…

Hendrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker: Reform the Presidential Election System to Promote Greater Civic Health

Tuesday, September 16, 12 p.m. | Taubman 275

September 16, 2014 — Hendrik “Rick” Hertzberg, senior editor at the New Yorker and longtime political commentator, returned to the Shorenstein Center to discuss reform of presidential elections, advocating revision of the Electoral College system through a new state “compact”…

Covering Congress in a Challenging Political Landscape

Tuesday, April 2, 12 p.m. | Nye BC, Taubman Building, 5th Floor

April 2, 2013 – Dana Bash, chief congressional correspondent for CNN, offered the Shorenstein Center an up-close view of Congress, and said that in reality, the notorious dysfunction and polarization is “much worse” than it appears on the news.

Hyperpartisanship will impact Obama’s legacy, says Daily Beast’s Tomasky

Tuesday, February 26, 12 p.m. | Taubman 275

February 26, 2013 – Political analyst Michael Tomasky, who writes for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, spoke to the Shorenstein Center about President Obama’s legacy, and how it compares to Reagan’s. There is not a clear comparison yet, Tomasky said, but…

White House reporter looks at Obama’s term in office

January 31, 2012, 12:50 am

January 31, 2012 — Alexis Simendinger, White House correspondent for RealClearPolitics, spoke to the Shorenstein Center about President Obama and his administration. Simendinger outlined four areas that the president himself has identified as needing improvement: communicating effectively, focusing on what…

Alterman: U.S. democracy obstructs progressive change

March 29, 2011, 12:40 pm

March 29, 2011 — The problematic American democratic system is the subject of a new book by Eric Alterman, Kabuki Democracy: The System vs. Barack Obama. Alterman, Distinguished Professor of English and Journalism at Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate School of…