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Flagler College Forum on Government and Public Policy

Tuesday, March 10

Allan Sloan

Senior editor-at-large, Fortune Magazine

Allan Sloan

Topic: Don't be Snowed by Big Numbers and Fine Print
Bio: Allan Sloan is a senior editor-at-large at FORTUNE, where he writes a column on business andfinance. The column also runs in the Business section of the Washington Post.

Sloan was previously Newsweek's Wall Street editor. Before his 12-year stint at Newsweek, he was a columnist at Newsday and also held positions at Forbes and Money, among other publications.

Sloan is a seven-time winner of the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award, business journalism's highest honor. He has received Loeb awards in four different decades in four different categories for five different employers, one of which is FORTUNE. He has won numerous other awards and honors during his 40-year business-journalism career. In 2001 he received both the Loeb Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.??

Sloan received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and an M.S. from Columbia Journalism School. A native of Brooklyn, he resides in New Jersey with his wife. They have threegrown children and two grandchildren.

Lecture Details

All lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Lewis Auditorium located at 14 Granada Street. Lectures are free and open to the public.


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    Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

    Evan Thomas

    Author, Journalist, former editor-at-large, Newsweek

    Evan Thomas

    Topic: Eisenhower: A Study in Presidential Leadership
    Bio: Evan Thomas is the former Editor-at-Large of Newsweek, having served as the magazine’s lead writer on major news stories and the author of many longer features, including Newsweek’s special behind-the-scenes issues on presidential elections, and more than a hundred cover stories.
    For ten years, 1986-1996, Thomas was Newsweek’s Washington bureau chief after serving as Assistant Managing Editor from 1991 to 2006.
    Thomas is the author of six books, all published by Simon & Schuster: “Sea of Thunder,” about the war in the Pacific (2006), a New York Times bestseller; “John Paul Jones,” a biography of the American revolutionary (2003), a New York Times bestseller; “Robert Kennedy: His Life” (2000); “The Very Best Men: The Early Years of the CIA” (1995); “The Man to See: The Life of Edward Bennett Williams” (1991); and “The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made” (with Walter Isaacson, 1986).
    In the fall of 2007 he began a five-year term at Princeton as Ferris Professor of Journalism and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a fellow of the Society of American Historians and a former trustee of the Thomas JeffersonCenter for the Protection of Free Expression.
    He is a graduate of Harvard and the University of Virginia Law School. He lives with his wife and two children in Washington, D.C.

    Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

    Paul Taylor

    Author and Executive Vice President for Special Projects for Pew Research Center

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    "The Next America"

    “The key factors driving demographic change in the early 21st century really are immigration, the aging of the baby boom generation, the increase in longevity, the decline in marriage and the rise of economic inequality,” says Taylor. “All of these changes have produced an American population in which young and old don't look, think or vote alike. And while generation gaps are nothing new, today's are unusually large, and potentially fraught.”

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    Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

    Jennifer Preston

    Reporter and editor, New York Times

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    “Reporting and Storytelling in the Age of Social Media”

    “A lot of journalists focus on using these tools to build their brands. That is important, of course,” says Preston. “But it is also important that we keep the focus on how we can use these tools for journalism.”

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    Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

    Healthcare Industry Professional Panel

    John Rother, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Health Care, Joseph Gordy, President and CEO of Flagler Hospital, and Howard Gleckman, author of “Caring for Our Parents: Inspiring Stories of Families Seeking New Solutions to America’s Most Urgent Health Care Crisis.” 

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     “Obamacare: A Year Later"

    One year after the unveiling of President Barack Obama's highly controversial healthcare overhaul, industry professionals gathered to discuss the program.

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    Thursday, Jan. 29

    Jon Sawyer & Kem Sawyer

    Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer and Contributing Editor Kem Knapp Sawyer will speak at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL on January 29, 2015.

    The two will give a public lecture "Brave New World: Telling Global Stories in a New Media Age" in which they will address the challenges of covering global news at a time of web overload and under-resourced legacy media—and the new approaches toward addressing those challenges by non-profits like the Pulitzer Center. They'll also discuss their e-book Congo's Children, which was released in 2014. Jon and Kem have reported together from India, Bangladesh, Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo, for outlets that include The Washington Post, The Atlantic, PBS NewsHour, and Christian Science Monitor.

    Sawyer's Website



    Jon Sawyer

    Jon SawyerJon Sawyer is executive director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit that promotes in-depth engagement with global affairs through its sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and an innovative program of outreach and education.

    Sawyer became the Center's founding director after a 31‐year career with the St. Louis Post Dispatch, including 12 years as the newspaper’s Washington bureau chief. He was selected three years in a row for the National Press Club's award for best foreign reporting. His work has also been honored by the Overseas Press Club, a national Emmy, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Inter‐American Press Association, and the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

    Sawyer studied English literature and history at Yale University. He has held journalism fellowships at Princeton and Harvard universities.

    Kem Sawyer

    Kem SawyerKem Knapp Sawyer is a contributing editor at the Pulitzer Center, working with journalists and university students on international reporting projects. Her own reporting includes writing on children at risk in CongoHaitiBangladesh, and India. She co-authored the Congo's Children e-book with Jon Sawyer.

    Her books for young readers include Refugees: Seeking a Safe Haven, The Underground Railroad in American History, Lucretia Mott: Friend of Justice, Freedom Calls: Journey of a Slave Girl, and biographies of Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Gandhi, Anne Frank, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

    A graduate of Yale University, Kem Sawyer majored in English and French. She has taught creative dramatics in elementary schools, English and drama in high school, and writing in the BFA program at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Visit

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