White Nationalism: Media and the Lessons from Charlottesville


Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 200 North

You are invited to join Nicole Hemmer, Assistant Professor in Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia's Miller Center; Shorenstein Center Fellow Tyler Bridges; and Saida Grundy, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Boston University, for a discussion entitled White Nationalism: Media and the Lessons from Charlottesville. The talk will be moderated by Karen Finney, a fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics and former Senior Advisor for Communications and Political Outreach and Senior Spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. 

Lunch will be provided.

This event is cosponsored by The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

Nicole Hemmer is an expert on the history of American politics and media. As an assistant professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center, she works on a wide-ranging set of projects, both scholarly and public. She works in the Presidential Recordings program, focusing on the Nixon administration and its media relations. Her broader scholarship focuses on the history of conservatism and media. Her first book, Messengers of the Right , charts the history of conservative media activism in the United States, and her current work-in-progress is a history of conservatism in the 1990s.

Hemmer is also an active public intellectual, appearing frequently in print and on air. She is a contributing editor to US News & World Report , where she writes a weekly column on politics and history, and she also writes a syndicated columnist for Fairfax Media in Australia. She co-hosts and produces the popular history podcast Past Present . Her commentary on US politics has appeared in numerous national and international outlets, including the New York Times, Politico, Atlantic, New Republic, Vox, Los Angeles Times, and NPR’s Morning Edition.She provides regular analysis to Australian and American broadcast outlets, on both radio and television.

Tyler Bridges, twice a member of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams, is a freelance journalist based in New Orleans who reports on Louisiana politics for the Baton Rouge/New Orleans Advocate, and also The Washington Post and Politico Magazine. He is the author of three books on Louisiana politics (the most recent, published in December 2016, is Long Shot), a 2011-12 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, and was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Award in 2010 for his 10 years of foreign reporting in South America. 

Karen Finney most recently served as Senior Advisor for Communications and Political Outreach and Senior Spokesperson for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Additionally she was Communications Director for Senator Tim Kaine, the Vice Presidential nominee. From her experience working in media, national politics, political and communications strategy in both the public and private sectors, Finney brings a unique perspective to her work. Finney hosted her own television show on MSNBC, “Disrupt with Karen Finney”, where she also worked as a contributor and political analyst for five years. Her work also includes four presidential campaigns, service in the the Clinton White House, and Hillary Clinton’s first New York Senate race. As an independent consultant Finney worked with political and corporate clients in the United States and globally on message development, crisis communications, branding, public affairs and strategy. Her international work included a joint project with the French American Foundation and the American Embassy working with minority political candidates in France following the election of Barack Obama.

Saida Grundy is a feminist sociologist of race & ethnicity. Her research to date has focused upon formations and ideologies of gender within the Black middle class–specifically men. Using ethnographic approaches and in-depth interviews, her current work examines graduates of Morehouse College, the nation’s only historically Black college for men. Quite simply, this work asks how, in light of an ongoing national reality and discourse about young Black men in crisis, the men of Morehouse experience gender and manhood at an institution that attempts to groom them as solutions to this crisis. Her current book manuscript on race, masculinity, and institutionalization is in progress and expands upon this work.