APHI Conference

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2015 Conference:

10th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN AMERICAN POLITICAL HISTORY:

MEDIA AND POLITICS IN MODERN US HISTORY

CO-SPONSORED BY BOSTON UNIVERSITY, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY, AND PRINCETON UNIVERSITY

Thursday, March 19, 2015 in CAS 200 (725 Commonwealth Avenue)

8:30-9:30  COFFEE AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

9:30 WELCOME

–Gary Gerstle, Cambridge University

–Bruce Schulman, Boston University

–Julian Zelizer, Princeton University

9:45-11:45 SESSION 1–Media and Politics in the Postwar Era

–Nicole Hemmer, Miami University

“From ‘Faith in Facts’ to ‘Fair and Balanced’: Conservative Media, Liberal Bias, and the Origins of Balance.”

–Emilie Raymond, Virginia Commonwealth University

“The Civil Rights Movement and Celebrity Politics.”

––Kathryn McGarr, Princeton University

“’We’re All in This Thing Together’: The Blurred Social and Political Lives of Reporters in Post-World War II Washington.”

DISCUSSANT: Gary Gerstle, Cambridge University

12:00-2:00 LUNCH

2:00-4:00 CAS 200–SESSION 2–Journalism and Politics in the Post World War II Era

–Michael Schudson, Columbia University

“The Multiple Political Roles of Journalism 1945-1976”

–Matthew Pressman, Boston University,

“Objectivity and Its Discontents: The Struggle for the Soul of American

Journalism in the 1960s and 70s”

–Kevin Lerner , Marist College

“Abe Rosenthal’s Project X: The Editorial Process Leading to the

Publication of the Pentagon Papers.”

DISCUSSANT: Bradford Martin, Bryant University

4:30  RECEPTION AT BU HISTORY DEPT., 226 BAY STATE RD, ROOM 504

7:00 DINNER FOR CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS, HOPS N’ SCOTCH, COOLIDGE CORNER, BROOKLINE, MA

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015. PHOTONICS BUILDING, 9th Floor (8 St. Mary’s St)

8:30-9:15 Continental Breakfast

9:15-11:15 SESSION 3–The State and The Press in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century

—-Richard R. John, Columbia University

“The Antimonopoly Persuasion and Media Politics in the Late Nineteenth Century”

–David Greenberg, Rutgers University

“The Ominous Clang: Fears of Propaganda from World War I to World War II

and the Liberal Failure of Nerve”

—Sam Lebovic, George Mason University

“The Problem of Press Freedom and the Limits of the New Deal.”

DISCUSSANT: Brooke Blower, Boston University

11:15-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-1:00 SESSION 4–The Changing World of TV News

–Kathryn Brownell, Purdue University

“Waging War Against Media Institutions: Richard Nixon and the Transformation

of Cable Television.”

–Gabriel Sherman, Contributing Editor, New York Magazine

“Thought Pattern Revolution: Roger Ailes, TVN Inc. and the Secret Origins of Fox News”

Julian Zelizer, Princeton University

“How Government Helped to Create the Modern Media: Ending the Fairness Doctrine in 1987″

DISCUSSANT, Chris Daly, Boston University

1:00-1:30 Concluding Remarks

1:30-2:30 Concluding Lunch

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Previous Conferences:

The first conference held at Boston University in 2006 was published as a Special Issue of the Journal of Policy History Vol. 20, No. 1 (2008), and several papers from the second conference have been published as a forum in the Journal Of Contemporary History Vol. 43, No. 4 ( Oct. 2008). Links will open in a new window.