2011 Conference

Elon University launched the Fund programs with a 2011 conference on media and politics: Media and Politics: Openness, Accuracy, and Honesty in the 21st Century Media Landscape.

Sessions included:

  • Presenting Complex Information: Scholars Discuss Media, Public Policy, and Audience Responses
    Participants included: Barbara Miller, Assistant Professor, Communications, Elon University , Sarah Cohen, Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy, Public Policy, Duke University, Donald Shaw – Kenan Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication, UNC, Chapel Hill, and David Gammon – Assistant Professor of Biology, Elon University.
  • Challenges for Government Officials
    Participants included Karen Finnegan, Deputy Director, Office of Government Information Services; David L. Elliott, director of Victims and Citizens Services, North Carolina Department of Justice; Sharon Gladwell, communications director for the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts; Brad Fowler, manager, Research and Planning at the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts; and David Hunt, Deputy Clerk/Information Specialist, Orange County, N.C.
  • Challenges for Journalists
    Journalists included Andy Curliss, staff writer with the (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer; Jennifer LaFleur, computer assisted reporting specialist with ProPublica; and Alex Goldman, producer with On the Media; Anna Johnson, editor of The Pendulum, Elon’s student newspaper.
  • Keynote Speaker: Frank Sesno, professor of media and public affairs and international affairs, and director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University gave a talk titled “Openness, Accuracy and Honesty in the 21st Century Media Environment.”
  • Workshop for citizens and students: Critically evaluating media sources
  • Roundtable


Doug McAdam: 'Deeply Divided America: Racial Politics and Social Movements in the Post-War Era' - Oct. 27

A Stanford sociologist will discuss his important new book on American politics and society.

Reflections on History with Congressman Howard Coble - Oct. 29

Retiring North Carolina Rep. Howard Coble will share his insights from a long career in the halls of power.

What Does the 2014 Election Mean for the Future? - Nov. 6

Join Elon political scientists two days after the election to discuss the policy implications of a new United States Congress.

Faces of Homelessness panel conversation - Nov. 19