March 1, 2018 at 6:45 pm

Baker Peace Conference: Populism, the Press, and Election, March 22, 23

The theme for the 2018 Baker Peace Conference on March 22 and 23 is “Populism, the Press, and the Election of 2016.”

The keynote speakers and panelists will examine the upsurge of populism during the 2016 presidential election in the United States as well as elsewhere in the world.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Baker Peace Studies Program and the Contemporary History Institute. All events are free and open to the public.

Ken P. Stern, portrait

Ken P. Stern

Keynote: Ken P. Stern

The keynote address is by Ken P. Stern, CEO and co-founder of Palisades Media Ventures. Stern was formerly CEO of National Public Radio. He is author of Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right. He delivers the keynote on Thursday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Baker Ballroom A.


Three panels will convene on Friday, March 23, starting at 10 a.m. in Nelson Commons. Topics will include the national news media during the 2016 election, the regional news media during the same time, and the worldwide resurgence of populism.

10 a.m.  The National News Media During the Presidential Election of 2016

  • Moderator – Dr. Pamela Walck, Duquesne University
  • Dr Richard John, Columbia University
  • Dr. Laeeq Khan, Ohio University
  • Ms. Jenna Johnson, Washington Post

1 p.m. The Regional News Media During the Presidential Election of 2016

  • Moderator –   Mr. Will Drabold
  • Dr. Thomas Suddes, Ohio University
  • Ms. Trista Thurston, Greene County Observer Reporter
  • Mr. Howard Wilkinson, WVXU, CincinnatiKen

3 p.m. The Worldwide Resurgence of Populism

  • Moderator –  Dr. Brad Eidahl, Central Michigan University
  • Prof. Maya Arakon, Denison University
  • Dr. Martin Farr, Newcastle University
  • Dr. Leon Aron, American Enterprise Institute


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