SPEAKER HIGHLIGHTS

From Recovery to Prosperity: Building Resilient State Economies | Monday, August 17

Robert J. Begleiter

Rosenberg Professor of Communication & Founding Director, Center for Political Communication, University of Delaware and Former CNN World News Affairs Correspondent

Ralph Begleiter is the founding Director of the Center for Political Communication at the University of Delaware. He has taught undergraduate courses such as “Broadcast News Documentary,” “Global Media & International Politics,” and “Introduction to Journalism.” Mr. Begleiter spent two decades as CNN’s “world affairs correspondent” and as the network’s most widely-traveled reporter he worked in 100 countries on all 7 continents covering many historic events including the Persian Gulf crisis, Dayton Bosnia accords, and the Middle East peace efforts. Mr. Begleiter has also conducted media training programs in several countries under the auspices of the US Department State. At the CSG/ERC Annual Meeting, Mr. Begleiter will moderate a panel discussion on the meeting’s theme From Recovery to Prosperity: Building Resilient State Economies.

Net Neutrality: Destroying or Protecting Innovation? | Monday, August 17

Tim Wu

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Author of “The Master Switch”

Tim Wu is a professor at Columbia Law School, director of the Poliak Center at Columbia Journalism School and a contributing writer at NewYorker.com. He is best known for his work on Net Neutrality theory. He is author of The Master Switch, Network Neutrality, Broadband Discrimination, and other works, and in 2013 he was named one of America’s 100 Most Influential Lawyers.

Race, Diversity and the New America | Tuesday, August 18

Eugene Robinson

Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist, The Washington Post and Political Analyst, MSNBC

Popular Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Gene Robinson has the ear of inside-the-beltway political insiders. With more than 25 years of reporting experience, his incisive political commentary is welcome on news programs such as MSNBC’s Hardball, The Rachel Maddow Show and NBC’s Meet the Press. Widely recognized for his uncanny ability to speak truth to power, Robinson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who brings audiences a tested perspective on today’s political news. In his various roles at The Washington Post and while reporting abroad, Robinson has witnessed firsthand the revolution taking place online and in the 24/7 news cycle and has seen how the news media is influencing American culture. As one of the most prominent African-American intellectuals on the culture scene and author of Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America (2010), Robinson also shares with audiences his understanding of race relations in the United States and explains why many popular conceptions are now obsolete.