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COLLOQUIUM ON THE CONSTITUTION AND THE IMAGINING OF AMERICA
Colloquium on the Constitution and the Imagining of America
“Democracy, The Mass Media, and Political Polarization: Whither Constitutional Government”
Nov. 8-9, 2013 (Fri. & Sat)
Friday, Nov. 8
3:30 p.m. Welcome - Alumni House
Prof. Thomas Dumm, Political Science, Amherst College
4:00-5:30 p.m. Session I - Alumni House
Moderator: Prof. Andrew Poe, Political Science, Amherst College
“Stoking the Fire: How the New Journalism Cheapens Discourse and Rewards Excess”
Robert McCartney '75, The Washington Post
5:45 p.m. Reception and Dinner at Lewis Sebring (By INVITATION ONLY)
Introduction: Prof. Chris Dole, Anthropology & Sociology, Amherst College
“Drowning in Misinformation: How the U.S. Media System's Structural Evolution has Directly Affected the Public's Understanding of Race, Ethnicity and Class”
Juan Gonzalez, The New York Daily News and Democracy Now
Saturday, Nov. 9
9:00-10:30 a.m. Session II - Alumni House
Moderator: Prof. Catherine Ciepiela, Russian, Amherst College
"Brown v. Warren '12: A Case Study of the Role Partisan Blogs Played in Coverage of the Nation's Most Prominent Senate Race"
Jennifer Peter '90, The Boston Globe
10:30-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00-12:30 p.m. Session III - Alumni House
Moderator: Prof. Austin Sarat,Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought and Political Science, Amherst College
"Kicking the Stone: The Search for Reliable Evidence in Journalism"
Roy Peter Clark, The Poynter Institute
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. - Alumni House
Moderator: Tom Dumm, Political Science, Amherst College
Lunch and Roundtable on “Democracy, the Mass Media, and Political Polarization: Whither Constitutional Government”
Roy Peter Clark, The Poynter InstituteJuan Gonzalez, The New York Daily News and Democracy Now Robert McCartney '75, The Washington Post Jennifer Peter '90, The Boston Globe
Roy Peter Clark. The Poynter Institute. Roy Peter Clark is an American writer, editor, and teacher of writing who has become a writing coach to an international community of students, journalists, and writers of many sorts. He is also senior scholar and vice president of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a journalism think tank in St. Petersburg, Florida. Clark has appeared on several radio and television talk shows, speaking about ethics in journalism and other writing issues.
Juan Gonzalez. Democracy Now.
During a turbulent career that has now spanned more nearly 35 years, Juan Gonzalez has emerged as one of the country’s best-known and Latino journalists.
He has been a staff columnist for the New York Daily News since 1987 and a co-host for the past fifteen years of Democracy Now, a daily morning news show that airs on more than 1,000 community and public radio and television stations across the U.S. and Latin America. His investigative reports on the labor movement, the environment, race relations and urban policy have garnered numerous accolades, including two George Polk Awards for commentary, and a 2004 Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Heritage Foundation.
His most recent Polk, in 2011, was for a series of investigative columns that uncovered one of the biggest government contracting frauds in New York City history – the infamous $700-million CityTime scandal, which centered on a new computerized payroll system under the Bloomberg administration. Federal authorities have arrested 11 people so far and recovered more than $500 million in stolen money and repayments from contractors..
Gonzalez is the author of four books, including the newly released News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media; Fallout: The Environmental Consequences of the World Trade Center Collapse; and Roll Down Your Window: Stories from a Forgotten America.
His ground-breaking Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America, has become required reading in nearly 200 colleges across the country, and a feature documentary based on the book and narrated by Gonzalez played in select cities nationwide during the spring of 2013.
One of the original founders of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Gonzalez served as the association’s president from 2002-2004, and was elected to its Hall of Fame in 2008. During his presidency, he spearheaded a nationwide effort by professional journalists to challenge the FCC’s dismantling of media ownership regulations and launched NAHJ’s innovative Parity Project, a partnership with local media companies to increase the hiring of Hispanic reporters and improve news coverage.
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Gonzalez was raised in East Harlem and Brooklyn, New York. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University, and has been a visiting professor in public policy at Brooklyn College.
Robert McCartney. The Washington Post. Robert McCartney’s column on local issues appears Thursdays and Sundays in The Post’s Metro section. He also does a Friday radio commentary on WAMU (88.5 FM), and has been a regular guest on local television stations WTTG Fox 5 and News Channel 8. Before becoming a columnist in 2009, McCartney was The Post’s top Metro editor. In that job, he supervised coverage of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, for which the staff received the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. Since joining The Post in 1982, McCartney has held a wide variety of jobs including Foreign Editor, national security editor, foreign correspondent in Mexico and Germany, and Managing Editor of The International Herald Tribune in Paris. As a reporter, McCartney covered the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua in the mid-1980s.
Jennifer Peter. The Boston Globe. Jen Peter is deputy managing editor for local news, overseeing the Globe’s coverage of government, politics, education, crime, religion, and everyday life in Boston, the suburbs, and beyond. She previously worked as the Globe’s city editor, political editor, and co-leader of one of the newspaper’s regional sections, after a 12-year career as a reporter in Boston, Virginia, Connecticut, and Idaho.
There will not be a Spring Meeting in 2014..................
Democracy, the Mass Media, and Political Polarization: Wither Constitutional Government.