Stephen Kinzer Stephen Kinzer’s Top Ten Tips on Writing a Strong Op-Ed

Stephen Kinzer, foreign affairs columnist for the Boston Globe, recently presented “Breaking Out of the Academy: How to Write Opinion Pieces for the Mainstream Press,” his tips on writing short-form for those in the Ivory tower. Kinzer, a senior fellow at Brown’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, addressed a packed room of students and faculty at the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy, which sponsored the late-September talk.

(Distributed October 1, 2015)

New York Times Columnist Charles Blow on the New Civil Rights Movement

On September 17, the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy presented Charles Blow, a New York Times op-ed columnist who writes weekly on issues including race relations, social justice, gender equity, and presidential politics. Blow was this year’s John Hazen White, Sr. lecturer. Blow presented his talk, titled “The New Civil Rights Movement,” to a sold-out crowd at the Salomon Center, and received two standing ovations after his speech and Q&A session.

(Distributed September 30, 2015)

Krieger, White Internship Programs Fund Policy Internships for Undergraduates

The new Noah Krieger Internship Award provides funding for a policy student who is particularly interested in public service to pursue an unpaid summer internship. This year’s awardee, Taylor Ross '17 (above, with Taubman Center Director James Morone), is in Washington, DC this summer working at the U.S. Department of Education in the office of academic improvement. She will be working within the High School Group on an initiative to grant AP test fee waivers to disadvantaged students.

(Distributed July 27, 2015)

Taubman Center Sponsors First Rhode Island Family Impact Seminar

The Taubman Center hosted the first Rhode Island Family Impact Seminar, “Economic Well-Being of Rhode Island Families: The Promise and Practice of Two-Generation Approaches” in March. The seminar, attended by Rhode Island state legislators and local policy makers, was organized by public policy professors Valerie Cooley and Kenneth Wong and held at the Rhode Island State House. Rhode Island state senator Louis DiPalma praised Cooley and Wong for their work in organizing the seminar.

(Distributed July 27, 2015)

Steve Cohen ’75 on How to Get Op-Eds Published

One of the most effective tools to influence public opinion and ultimately, public policy, is the opinion page of major newspapers. Steve Cohen ’75 — a lawyer with a background in publishing and teaching — has had remarkable success in writing opinion pieces for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Over the past two years, Cohen has placed ten opinion pieces on education, national defense, and law in those two publications. Last semester, he shared insider tips for translating policy ideas to publication-worthy opinion pieces.

(Distributed July 27, 2015)
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