2018 Public Lectures

  • Reza Sayah, Rachel Oswald and Tom Hundley

    • Pulizter Center journalists discussed international reporting and nuclear weapons.
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan

  • Rachel Brown

    • Executive Director of Over Zero and an expert on counteracting hate/dangerous speech, violence prevention, and civic engagement gave two lectures, “Female Leadership in Civil Discourse” and “Diffusing Hate.”
    • Within these lectures she discussed
      • Her career and dedication to creating long-term societal resilience to violence.
      • What we know about the types of communication that lead towards identity-based violence (both patterns of communication and what they tap into).
      • How we can apply this to understand what’s going on in the U.S. right now (political polarization and the targeting of specific groups).
      • What we should avoid, and what we can do, when it comes to pushing back on polarization and group-targeted rhetoric.
  • Dr. Kathleen (Katie) Searles,

    • Elon alumnae, Katie Searles, gave two lectures about her website, Women Also Know Stuff, and her research on News and Information Processing.
    • Women Also Know Stuff is an online database of women experts with the goal of overcoming implicit gender biases in academia.
    • Within her lecture on News and Information Processing, she discussed research on mobile news consumption and how news attention and engagement differ in the mobile setting.

2016 Public Lecture

  • Lawrence Lessig

    • Mr. Lessig visited Elon Law for ‘Hearsay Culture’ 10th anniversary interview, sponsored by the Turnage Fund.
    • The legal pioneer and former presidential contender joined Elon Law Associate Professor David Levine, host of the “Hearsay Culture” radio program that Levine founded out of KZSU-FM at Stanford University, for an April 26 recorded “live” interview in Greensboro.

2015 Public Lectures and Conferences

2014 Public Lecture

2013 Workshop and Public Lecture

  • Peter Levine

    • Levine is a Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service and the Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.
    • Workshops discussing the state of the American democracy and strategies for civic renewal were conducted with students, faculty, and community members
    • Levine gave a public lecture: “We are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For: Civic Renewal in America”

2011 Conference and Public Lecture

  • Media and Politics: Openness, Accuracy, and Honesty in the 21st Century Media Landscape

    • The conference included observations by Elon University faculty, as well as distinguished professors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and from Duke University, on how media portray complex information in ways the public can understand it.
    •  Panelists:
      • Donald Shaw, the Kenan Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC Chapel Hill
      • Sarah Cohen, the Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy, Public Policy at Duke University
      • Barbara Miller, an assistant professor of communications at Elon; and Dave Gammon, an assistant professor of biology at Elon
    • Frank Sesno, a professor of media and public affairs and international affairs, and director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University, served as the conference keynote.