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Where is America headed in the 2018 midterm elections—and beyond?

Go inside the nation’s newsrooms as they cover the midterm elections and gear up for 2020. Guest speakers from political campaigns and advocacy groups will join reporters and editors from The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR, Fox News, and BuzzFeed.

Led by Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and director of Northeastern University’s School of Journalism Jonathan Kaufman and Dukakis Center head Theodore Landsmark, the Myra Kraft Open Classroom will feature top editors and reporters from around the country as well as advocates and expert professors giving an inside view of these increasingly turbulent times.

All events run Wednesdays, 6 to 8pm, in 20 West Village F. Directions here.

Date Topic Speakers


12 Midterm Madness: The Political and Media Landscape Shira Center, Political Editor, The Boston Globe
19 President Trump and the Courts Woody Hartzog, Professor of Law, Northeastern Law School, expert in First Amendment and Privacy
26 The Crisis in the Catholic Church and the Future of Investigative Reporting Walter Robinson, Editor at Large, The Boston Globe

-Members of the Boston Globe Spotlight team


3 LGBTQ: Victories, and Battles Ahead Evan Wolfson, Founder, Freedom to Marry; Leader of Gay Marriage Movement
10 The Future of Boston Media Ben Godley, Chief Operating Officer and President, WGBH

Ellen Clegg, former Editorial Page Editor, Boston Globe

Dan Kennedy, Associate Professor, Northeastern University School of Journalism

17 Covering Washington Dan Lothian, former White House correspondent, CNN

Callum Borchers, Reporter, WBUR, former Politics and Media Reporter for the Washington Post

24 Reporting and Battling Climate Change -TBA


7 Midterm analysis: What Just happened TBA
14 Race, Inequality and the New Battles over Affirmative Action Daniel Golden, Pulitzer-Prize Winning Reporter and Editor, ProPublica
21 The Battle Over Immigration -TBA
28 The Conservative Wave -TBA