Boston University Hosts Political Forum Series Leading to Democratic National Convention

Contact: Richard Taffe, 617-353-4626 |

(Boston) — Each Wednesday leading to the Democratic National Convention, Boston University will host a forum of media representatives, pundits, and politicians to discuss campaign matters. They will take questions from journalism students enrolled in a one-of-a-kind program, co-sponsored by BU Summer Term and the College of Communication, in which they will cover the convention for print, broadcast, photo, and Web outlets. (See for more on the program.)

Media are invited to attend and participate in the forums on July 7, July 14, and July 21, each from 10 a.m. to noon at the Boston University, College of Communication auditorium, 630 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. Tentative line-ups of participants, subject to change, include:

July 7 – “Campaign 2004: Impact of the New Media”
Mark Halprin, political director, ABC News; Stuart Rothenberg, publisher, “The Rothenberg Political Report”; Steve Safran, managing editor, New England Cable News; Karla Vallance, managing editor, Christian Science Monitor online; Joanne Ciccarello, journalism professor, Boston University; Jim Mahoney, photo chief, Boston Herald; David Nyhan, former political columnist, Boston Globe.

July 14 – “Campaign 2004: It’s the War, Stupid”
Ceci Connolly, political reporter, Washington Post; Norm Ornstein, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Kenneth Irby, visual journalism group leader, Poynter Institute; R.D. Sahl, prime-time anchor, New England Cable News; Brian McGrory, columnist, Boston Globe; Carl Cameron, chief political correspondent, Fox News Channel; Walter Bender, executive director, MIT Media Laboratory.

July 21 – “Campaign 2004: The Democrats and Their Candidate”
Michael Dukakis, former Massachusetts governor and Democratic presidential nominee; U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman, former Democratic vice-presidential nominee; George Bachrach, political strategist, former Massachusetts state senator, Boston University lecturer; Alan Solomont, Democratic fundraiser, Kerry campaign advisor; Elaine Kamarck, former Gore campaign advisory.

Events: Boston University Democratic National
Convention political forums
Date: Three Wednesdays: July 7, 14, and 21, 2004
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Place: College of Communication, auditorium
Boston University
640 Commonwealth Ave., Boston