Media and Politics Conference at Boston University

in Humanities/Social Science, News Releases
November 10th, 2005

Contact: Richard Taffe, 617-353-4626 |

(Boston) — An all-star line up of foreign affairs journalists from the United States and Europe gather at Boston University on Monday and Tuesday, November 14-15, for a conference on “Media and Politics.” The two-day symposium focuses on press coverage of freedom movements, transatlantic media competition, and the future of the media.

Sponsored by the BU Institute for Human Sciences, all sessions are free and open to the public and media. (NOTE: Monday’s session will be followed by a 7 p.m. opening of “Poland on the Front Page: 1979-1989,” an exhibit of 53 front-page blow-ups comparing leading U.S. and Polish newspapers’ coverage of stories on Poland’s freedom movement.)

MONDAY, November 15
Session I: Freedom Movements and the Press

4 p.m., opening remarks, John Schulz, dean, College of Communication, Boston University; keynote speech — Adam Michnik, editor-in-chief, Gazeta Wyborcza

4:30 p.m., panel discussion
• Jonathan Schell (Chair), Harold Willens Peace Fellow at the Nation Institute; peace and disarmament correspondent, The Nation
• John Darnton, associate editor, The New York Times
• Jackson Diehl, deputy editorial page editor, The Washington Post
• Martin Simecka, editor-in-chief, Sme
• Veton Surroi, member of the Parliament of Kosova for the ORA Civic Group; former chairman, KOHA Media Group, Pristina

TUESDAY, November 15, 2005
Session II: Transatlantic Media Wars

1 p.m., keynote speech — Michael Naumann, publisher, Die Zeit

1:30 p.m., panel discussion
• William Drozdiak (chair), president, American Council on Germany
• Sylvie Kauffmann, Le Monde
• Jane Kramer, European correspondent, The New Yorker
• William Pfaff, author and syndicated columnist
• Jacek Zakowski, columnist, Polityka Weekly, Poland

Session III: The Changing Shape of Today’s Media
4 p.m., keynote speech — Orville Schell, dean, Berkeley School of Journalism

4:30 p.m., panel discussion
• James Hoge (chair), editor-in-chief, Foreign Affairs
• Fred Barnes, executive editor, The Weekly Standard
• Martin Simecka, editor-in-chief, Sme
• Eugeniusz Smolar, senior fellow, Centre for International Relations, Warsaw

For more information about upcoming IHS events, visit here.

Event: Media and Politics conference – Session I
Date: Monday, November 14, 2005
Time: 4 p.m.
Place: Boston University, Commonwealth Avenue Showroom
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Event: Media and Politics conference – Sessions II and III
Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Time: 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. starts
Place: Boston University, School of Management, 4th floor
595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

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