Past Events


April 11 Wednesday

Poynter Speaker: Fake News, Bogus Science, and Bad Math: A Journalist's Advice for Cutting Through BS

"Fake news" is all the rage nowadays, but it's an issue with a long history. Much of Charles Seife's career has been devoted to distinguishing real from fake -- real news from fake news, good science from bad, useful numbers from bogus ones. In this talk, he'll discuss some prominent cases of misconduct, fraud, and other forms of deception that he's encountered and describe tools that he uses to sniff them out.

March 28 Wednesday

Poynter Speaker: Jon Ronson, author, journalist

Jon Ronson’s nonfiction books So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists, Lost at Sea and The Men Who Stare At Goats have all been international and/or New York Times bestsellers. The Psychopath Test spent nearly two years on the UK bestseller list. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages.

His most recent work is an Audible Original audio series, The Butterfly Effect. It was released in July 2017, went straight to Number One in the US and UK audiobook charts.

February 6 Tuesday

Presidential Rhetoric from Clinton, to Obama, to Trump

The Information Society Project is hosting a moderated panel of presidential speechwriters, including Vinca LaFleur (President Clinton), Terry Szuplat (President Obama), and Sarada Peri (President Obama) to discuss their experiences at the White House, how the government communicates with the country and the world, and a number of other topics.

February 1 Thursday

The First Amendment on Campus: Constitutional reflections on recent campus speech controversies, with Prof. Catherine Ross 87'

Join Prof. Catherine Ross 87’, of George Washington University Law School to discuss the First Amendment on campus. Prof. Ross holds a B.A., Ph.D. (History) and JD from Yale and is the Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law at George Washington University where she specializes in constitutional law (with particular emphasis on the First Amendment), family law, and children’s rights.

November 13 Monday

Book Talk: Just a Journalist: On the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between by Linda J. Greenhouse

A discussion with Linda J. Greenhouse ’78 MSL on her latest book, Just a Journalist: On the Press, Life, and the Spaces Between. Commentary provided by Jack M. Balkin.

April 25 Tuesday

Amy Goodman & Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America

Join award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!, for her North American tour: Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America.

Goodman will speak about increased threats to freedom of the press and the importance of truly independent media to hold those in power accountable. In more than 20 years of reporting, Democracy Now! has covered the social movements that are now forming the groundswell of opposition to the Trump administration; movements long ignored by the corporate media, but central to Democracy Now!'s daily journalism.

February 27 Monday

Poynter Speaker: Jeff Horwitz, DC Investigative Reporter, AP

The past and future of Trump reporting: Donald Trump has been the subject of serious print coverage for a little over a year and a half. In that time there's been some great journalism, some dodgy calls and plenty of head-scratching over which is which. As part of the AP team responsible for vetting candidate Trump, Jeff Horwitz talks about that coverage and the challenges of investigating the Trump administration. 

February 21 Tuesday

Journalism, Technology, and Gender in the Trump Era

Journalism, Technology, and Gender in the Trump Era

February 15 Wednesday
December 1 Thursday

How to Write and Pitch an Op-Ed

In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, JWYL and ISP have gotten numerous requests for an Op-Ed 101 event. The workshop will be led by our own Lincoln Caplan, who has been on the editorial board of the New York Times, a staff writer for the New Yorker, and editor and president of Legal Affairs, among many other accomplishments. Most recently, he is the author of "American Justice 2016: The Political Supreme Court." This event will cover the basics of how to come up with, write, and publish a successful op-ed.

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