Wednesdays: September 12 – December 5, 2018

6 to 8 p.m.
West Village F, Room 20

Free and Open to the Public



Where is America headed in the 2018 midterm elections—and beyond?

Go inside the nation’s newsrooms as they cover the midterm elections and gear up for 2020. Guest speakers from political campaigns and advocacy groups will join reporters and editors from The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, Fox News, and BuzzFeed.

Is the media riddled with #fakenews or is the Trump Administration overreaching in its effort to control and influence the press? How do CNN and NPR, Fox News and the Washington Post, Buzzfeed and the Boston Globe decide what to report? How do politicians, the Koch Brothers and “the resistance” all try to influence what we read and watch—and how successful are they?

The midterm elections will throw the future of America’s agenda into sharp relief—not just who will control the House and the Senate but what to do about inequality, education, the environment, crime, the growth of cities like Boston, women’s rights, discrimination, and the #metoo movement. Is compromise possible on immigration? In the Middle East? How should the U.S. respond to the rise of China, and the threat of North Korea?

Led by Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and director of Northeastern University’s School of Journalism Jonathan Kaufman and Dukakis Center head Theodore Landsmark, the Myra Kraft Open Classroom will feature top editors and reporters from around the country as well as advocates and expert professors giving an inside view of these increasingly turbulent times.

Confirmed media speakers include top editors and reporters from the Boston Globe, ProPublica, Bloomberg News, CNN, and WBUR. Topics will include:

  • The changing media landscape and what it means for politics,
  • The battle over immigration
  • Trump vs. the Courts
  • Lessons from the fight for LGBTQ rights
  • The Middle East and American Foreign Policy
  • Race, Class and Affirmative Action: Where are we headed?
  • Midterm Election Preview: Blue Wave or a Red Wall?
  • Welcoming our Robot Overlords? Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, and Humanics
  • After the #METOO Earthquake
  • Reporting and Battling Climate Change
  • The Future of Investigative Reporting
  • The Rise of China: Conflicts Ahead
  • Breaking out of the Bubble: What Liberals need to know about Conservatives and Conservatives need to know about Liberals

Join us for a spirited conversation.

The Fall 2018 Myra Kraft Open Classroom is co-sponsored by Northeaster University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Northeastern’s School of Journalism.


12Midterm Madness: The Political and Media Landscape-Shira Center, Political Editor, The Boston Globe
19President Trump and the Courts-Woody Hartzog, Professor of Law, Northeastern Law School, expert in First Amendment and Privacy
26The Crisis in the Catholic Church and the Future of Investigative Reporting-Walter Robinson, Editor at Large, The Boston Globe

-Members of the Boston Globe Spotlight team
LGBTQ: Victories, and Battles Ahead-Evan Wolfson, Founder, Freedom to Marry; Leader of Gay Marriage Movement
10The Future of Boston Media-Ben Godley, Chief Operating Officer and President, WGBH

-Ellen Clegg, former Editorial Page Editor, Boston Globe

-Dan Kennedy, Associate Professor, Northeastern University School of Journalism
17Covering Washington-Dan Lothian, former White House correspondent, CNN

-Callum Borchers, Reporter, WBUR, former Politics and Media Reporter for the Washington Post
24Reporting and Battling Climate Change-Tom Zeller, Jr, Editor in Chief, Undark magazine

-Susan Solomon, Climate Scientist, MIT

-Meera Subramanian, Science Journalist and Author
31Boston’s Local, Ethnic and Neighborhood Media-Alberto Vasallo, III, El Mundo

-Chuck Collins, Independent Journalist published in the Jamaica Plain Gazette
7Midterm analysis: What Just happened-TBA
14Harvard, Affirmative Action, and Race in America-Daniel Golden, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Reporter and Editor, ProPublica

-Margaret Burnham, Professor of Law at Northeastern University and former attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund
21No Class, Thanksgiving Break
28The View From Russia: Media, Politics, Elections-Mikhail Gusman, First Deputy Director General, Russian News Agency TASS

-Nicholas Daniloff, Director Emeritus, Northeastern University School of Journalism
5The Battle over Immigration-Shannon Dooling, Reporter, WBUR/NPR

-Hemanth Gundavaram, Teaching Professor & Co-Director of the Immigration Justice Clinic, Northeastern University

Course Credit

Undergraduate students: PPUA 4225 and PPUA 4226

Graduate students: PPUA 7225 and PPUA 7226

Students in the College of Arts, Media, and Design should take:

JRNL 3305, CRN 17926 (undergraduate) and JRNL 6305, CRN 17927 (graduate)