With the 2012 presidential campaigns in full throttle, communication experts discuss the role of the media and the ways the media influence and are influenced by the Democrat and Republican campaign strategies. Topics explored include the candidate debates and advertising messages and markets as well as unanticipated uses of the media, with the campaign context shaped by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizens United case.
Following opening remarks by David E. Van Zandt, President of The New School, the event will be moderated by Neil Grabois, Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, speakers include:
Andy Heyward, former president of CBS News
Victor Navasky, former editor and publisher of The Nation
Nina Khrushcheva, associate professor of International Affairs at Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School
Justin Elliott, reporter, ProPublica.
Jeffrey Smith, former Missouri Senator and Assistant Professor of Poiltics and Advocacy in the Urban Policy Program at Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School
Please note the start time changed to 7:00 p.m. in order to accommodate a special presentation of the Vice Presidential debates which will be screened live in Tishman Auditorium immediately following the panel.
Presented by the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.
Justin Elliott was previously a reporter at Salon.com and TPMmuckraker and news editor at Talking Points Memo. He was also a fact-checker at Mother Jones and has written for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and other publications.
Neil R. Grabois (born 1935) is a mathematician and a former President of Colgate University, and former dean, provost, and chair of the department of mathematical sciences of Williams College. Grabois was the thirteenth president of Colgate. He is the current dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School.
He received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania after attending Swarthmore College. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in 1953. Since leaving Colgate, he has served as Vice Chair at the Carnegie Corporation in New York. Grabois currently sits on the boards of Project Pericles, Swarthmore College, The Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women and the Michael Wolk Heart Foundation. He is an adjunct faculty member of Teacher's College at Columbia University.
Andrew Heyward is a former President of CBS News, serving from January 1996 until early November 2005. Currently, he is a Senior Advisor to Marketspace LLC, Monitor Group's digital media practice, where he works with clients to create and strengthen original online content, make more effective use of broadband video, deepen engagement through online communities, and develop new business models for the digital era.
Dr. Khrushcheva is a professor of media and culture in the graduate program of international affairs, senior fellow of the World Policy Institute at New School University, and adjunct associate professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She is also senior editor of Project Syndicate: Association of Newspapers Around the World.
After receiving her Ph.D., she had a two-year appointment as a research fellow at the School of Historical Studies of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and then served as deputy editor of the East European Constitutional Review at the New York University School of Law. Dr. Khrushcheva’s numerous articles have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Times Literary Supplement, and other international publications. Her book Visiting Nabokov is forthcoming from Yale University Press in 2005.
The granddaughter of former Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev, Khrushcheva received a degree from Moscow State University with a major in Russian and minors in English and Italian in 1985 and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 1997.
Victor Navasky, publisher emeritus of The Nation, was the magazine's editor from 1978 to 1995 and publisher and editorial director from 1995 to 2005. In 1994, while on a year's leave of absence, he served first as a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and then as a senior fellow at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University.
Before coming to The Nation he was an editor at The New York Times Magazine and wrote a monthly column about the publishing business ("In Cold Print") for the New York Times Book Review. He is the author of Kennedy Justice (Atheneum, 1977), the American Book Award winner Naming Names and, most recently, A Matter of Opinion. He is co-author with Christopher Cerf of The Experts Speak: The Definitive Compendium of Authoritative Misinformation, now in its second edition.
Navasky has also served as a Guggenheim Fellow, a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and Ferris Visiting Professor of Journalism at Princeton. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities and has contributed articles and reviews to numerous magazines and journals of opinion. He is a graduate of Yale Law School (1959) and Swarthmore College (1954), where he was Phi Beta Kappa with high honors in the social sciences.
In addition to his Nation responsibilities, Navasky is also director of the George Delacorte Delacorte Center for Magazine Journalism at Columbia University and a regular commentator on the public radio program Marketplace.
Mr. Navasky, who has three children, lives in New York City with his wife, Anne. He serves on the boards of the Authors Guild, PEN and the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Jeff Smith is Assistant Professor of Politics and Advocacy at Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy in New York City. Jeff majored in Black Studies and Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Jeff, who has taught political science at Washington University and Dartmouth College, teaches and conducts research on campaigns and elections, public policy, race, urban politics, advocacy, and the legislative process. At Washington University, he received the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence.
Jeff served in the Missouri Senate from 2006-2009 as the nation’s only white state senator from a majority-black district. Since then, he has consulted on affordable housing policy and completed a memoir about his experience in politics. Jeff contributes to The Recovering Politician, a new blog for former elected officials. His writing has been featured in Inc. and New York magazines, and he has been profiled in Harper’s, The New Republic, and other periodicals.
In 2004, Jeff ran for the congressional seat vacated by Dick Gephardt, losing narrowly to Rep. Russ Carnahan. His youth-powered grass-roots campaign was chronicled in the film Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?, which was lauded by the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, and short-listed for an Academy Award.
Jeff co-founded the Confluence Academies, a group of inner-city charter schools. Jeff became the Senate’s leading voice on education reform, passing major education bills including a program offering loan forgiveness for top collegians who teach in disadvantaged areas after graduation.
In 2006, Jeff was named a rising star by St. Louis Magazine, Alive Magazine, and the Riverfront Times.