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.
|12||Midterm Madness: The Political and Media Landscape||-Shira Center, Political Editor, The Boston Globe|
|19||President Trump and the Courts||-Woody Hartzog, Professor of Law, Northeastern Law School, expert in First Amendment and Privacy|
|26||The 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
|3||LGBTQ: Victories, and Battles Ahead||-Evan Wolfson, Founder, Freedom to Marry; Leader of Gay Marriage Movement|
|10||The 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
|17||Covering Washington||-Dan Lothian, former White House correspondent, CNN
-Callum Borchers, Reporter, WBUR, former Politics and Media Reporter for the Washington Post
|24||Reporting and Battling Climate Change||-Tom Zeller, Jr, Editor in Chief, Undark magazine
-Susan Solomon, Climate Scientist, MIT
-Meera Subramanian, Science Journalist and Author
|7||Midterm analysis: What Just happened||TBA|
|14||Race, Inequality and the New Battles over Affirmative Action||-Daniel Golden, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Reporter and Editor, ProPublica|
|21||The Battle Over Immigration||-TBA|
|28||The Conservative Wave||-TBA|
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)