On April 30, 2010, Columbia University hosted a conference on opinion journalism in American intellectual history. The conference was organized by Eric Wakin, the Lehman Curator for American History at Columbia University, and featured several notable speakers and panelists, including Victor Navasky, Michael Kazin, Andi Zeisler, Eric Alterman, Stanley Crouch, and more. Video of the entire conference is embedded below.
Keynote Address by Victor Navasky: In the video embedded below, Victor Navasky, chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review and former editor and publisher of The Nation, delivers his keynote address. He is introduced by Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Journalism of Opinion in the Twentieth Century: In the video embedded below, a panel—featuring Eric Alterman of The Nation, Howard Brick of the University of Michigan, Michael Kazin of Dissent, and independent scholar Rochelle Gurstein—discusses the role that opinion journalism played in the twentieth century. The panel is moderated by Casey Blake, professor of history at Columbia University.
Journalism of Opinion in the Twenty-First Century: In the video embedded below, a panel—featuring Daily News columnist and author Stanley Crouch, Bitch Media founder Andi Zeisler, New York Times op-ed page staff editor Mark Lotto, and BlueMassGroup co-founder Bob Neer—discusses the distinction between opinion and commentary, and the fate of both in the digital age. The panel is moderated by Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation.