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Nieman’s 85th Anniversary Reunion Weekend


Friday, October 27, 2023

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Opening reception
Lippmann House
One Francis Ave., Cambridge
Learn about parking and public transit near Harvard Square.
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Nieman Live: “The story I couldn’t let go”
Storytelling with Nieman alumni
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall 
3 Oxford St., Cambridge | map

Welcome: Nieman curator Ann Marie Lipinski, NF ’90
Host: Hamish Macdonald, NF ’16, Australian broadcast journalist
  • John Archibald, NF ’21, author and columnist for the Alabama Media Group
    So Full of Sh*t
  • Patricia Laya, NF ’22, Andes bureau chief, Bloomberg News
    When You Get Home
  • Wendi C. Thomas, NF ’16, founding editor of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism in Memphis, Tennessee
    Searching for Thieves
  • Beth Macy, NF ’10, Virginia-based journalist and author
    The Front Lines of America: The Kitchen Table
  • Alisa Sopova, NF ’17, Ukrainian writer and anthropologist, and Anastasia Taylor-Lind, NF ’16, British-Swedish photojournalist
    5K from the Frontline: Where War is Personal
  • Hopewell Chin’ono, NF ’10, Zimbabwean journalist and documentary filmmaker
     Crusading Pen: A Journey in Journalism and Fighting Corruption
  • Susan Orlean, NF ’04, author and staff writer for The New Yorker
    Into the Fire

Directed by Lea Thau
Pianist: Lucas Gazianis
With thanks to the Office for the Arts at Harvard

Saturday, October 28, 2023

* Please note: Free garage parking is available at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center but there is no public parking at the Boston Public Library.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Buses leave the Sheraton Commander Hotel in Cambridge for Harvard Medical School
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. The 90-minute Nieman with Harvard faculty
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston | map

Welcome: Selymar Colón, NF ’20, executive director of digital strategy at GFR Media in Puerto Rico
  • Karim Lakhani, Harvard Business School professor; co-founder/chair of the Digital Data Design Institute
    Beyond the Hype: Real-World Impacts of AI on Professional Work
    Intro: Borja Echevarría, NF ’13, managing editor, El País in Spain
  • Joia Mukherjee, chief medical officer, Partners in Health; associate professor, Harvard Medical School
    The Political Economy of Health Equity
    Intro: Shereen Marisol Meraji, NF ’22, audio journalist/host; assistant professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism
  • Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law School professor
    From Protest to Law: Triumphs and Defeats in Struggles for Racial Justice
    Intro: Chastity Pratt, NF ’20, education bureau chief, The Wall Street Journal
  • Archon Fung, director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance, Harvard Kennedy School
    Polarization and a Culture of Democracy
    Intro: Afşin Yurdakul, NF ’19, Turkish journalist, news anchor and moderator
  • Dustin Tingley, professor of government and deputy vice provost for Advances in Learning at Harvard
    Uncertain Futures: How to Unlock the Climate Impasse
    Intro: Darryl Fears, NF ’23, senior environmental correspondent with a focus on environmental justice, The Washington Post
  • Diane Paulus, artistic director of Harvard’s American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)
    Theater for Non-Theater People: Cultivating Empathy and Presence, from Doctors to Journalists
    Intro: Mary Louise Schumacher, NF ’17, executive director, Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation
11:30 – 11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Joseph Kahn, executive editor of The New York Times, in conversation with Henry Chu, NF ’15, deputy news editor at the Los Angeles Times
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45 – 2:00 p.m. A tribute to Bob Giles, Nieman Foundation curator, 2000-2011

With Martha Bebinger, NF ’10, health care reporter at WBUR, and Alfredo Corchado, NF ’09, Mexico/border correspondent for The Dallas Morning News
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. The Challenges of Covering War in the Middle East

Moderator: Simon Wilson, NF ’08, former BBC News editor and bureau chief in Jerusalem, Washington and Brussels
  • Hannah Allam, NF ’09, national security reporter, The Washington Post
  • Alissa Johannsen Rubin, NF ’21, international correspondent and senior writer, The New York Times
  • Romy Neumark, NF ’23, visiting lecturer in Jewish Studies at Harvard’s NELC and former senior anchor at KAN in Israel
  • Edward Wong, NF’18, diplomatic correspondent, The New York Times
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Nieman Notes: Open Mic
Do you have a special project you’ve been working on? Some news you’d like to share? Fellows are invited to address the Nieman community in this quick-paced lightning round. You’ll have two minutes to speak. (You may also share links about your work on our photo-sharing site.)
3:30– 4:00 p.m. Buses leave the conference center for Cambridge
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Buses leave the Sheraton Commander Hotel in Cambridge for the Boston Public Library
7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Reception and dinner
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston St., Boston | map
10:00 – 11:00 p.m. Buses leave the Boston Public Library for Cambridge

Sunday, October 29, 2023

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Maria Ressa, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and CEO of Rappler in the Philippines, in conversation with Nieman curator Ann Marie Lipinski
Harvard University Science Center, Hall C
1 Oxford St., Cambridge
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11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Brunch
Lippmann House
One Francis Ave., Cambridge