Thomas E. Patterson

Thomas E. Patterson

Thomas-E.-PattersonThomas E. Patterson
 is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press of Harvard Kennedy School. His book, The Vanishing Voter, looks at the causes and consequences of electoral participation. His earlier book on the media’s political role, Out of Order, received the American Political Science Association’s Graber Award as the best book of the decade in political communication. His first book, The Unseeing Eye, was named by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the 50 most influential books on public opinion in the past half century.

He also is author of Mass Media Election and two general American government texts: The American Democracy and We the People. His articles have appeared in Political Communication, Journal of Communication, and other academic journals, as well as in the popular press. His research has been funded by the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, Knight, Carnegie, and National Science foundation.

Patterson received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1971.


Nguyen Anh Tuan

Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief, and Chief Executive Officer of The Boston Global Forum.

Nguyen Anh Tuan was the Founder and Chairman of the VietNamNet Media Group and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of VietNamNet Online Newspaper. Tuan was also the Founder and CEO of the VASC Software and Media Company and VietNet, the first Internet service provider in Vietnam.

In 1996,the Government of Vietnam named Tuan among the Top 10 Most Outstanding Young Talentsin the country.

Under Tuan’s leadership, VietNamNet raised significant political topics for reform in Vietnam. He pioneered an interactive live format called the VietNamNet Online Roundtable that allowed online viewers to participate in interviews of leading political, social and cultural figures as well as foreign dignitaries. In 2009, Tuan conceived a global initiative called the World Compassion and Reconciliation Day on September 9th of each year.

In 2007, as a Shorenstein Center’s Fellow, Tuan researched key trends in the development of electronic media in Vietnam.

In 2011, Tuan was a part of the Pacific Leadership Fellows Program at the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California in San Diego. That year, he was also a speaker at the prestigious annual Club de Madrid Conference on the subject of Democracy and Digital Technology.

From February 2011 to July 2014 Tuan was an Associate of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Tuan is currently a Visiting Scholar of  College of Communication , Boston University in academic year 2014 – 2015.

In April 2012, Tuan  founded the Tran Nhan Tong Academy.

In December 2012, Tuan co-founded the Boston Global Forum with the Honorable Michael Dukakis who was Massachusetts Governor and U.S. Presidential candidate, and currently serving as member of its Chief Executive Board and Editor-in-Chief .

Also in 2012, together with Ambassador Swanee Hunt,Tuan established the Charles Ansbacher Music Club to bring classical music to people who live in remote and distant locations.

Tuan has been a member of Harvard Business School Global Advisory Board since 2008. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Free for All Concert Fund in Boston.

Thomas Fiedler

fiedler_tomDean, College of Communication, Boston University
Professor of the Practice, Journalism

Tom Fiedler began his tenure as Dean of the College of Communication on June 1, 2008, following a distinguished career in journalism. After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a bachelor’s in engineering, he earned a master’s in journalism at COM. Later, he joined the Miami Herald, where he would work for more than 30 years, as an investigative reporter, a political columnist, the editorial page editor, and finally, the executive editor, from 2001 to 2007.

In 1988, Fiedler received the Society of Professional Journalists’ top award for coverage of that year’s presidential campaign highlighted by his reporting on Gary Hart’s campaign-killing affair with a Miami model.

As the newspaper’s executive editor, Fiedler was a stickler for journalism ethics, particularly after reporters working for the Herald’s Spanish-language sister publication, El Nuevo Herald, were found to be on the payroll of a U.S. government–owned anti-Castro news service in 2006. Fiedler also pushed his reporters and editors to embrace the Internet as a critical means of news delivery, rather than as just an appendage of the newspaper.

He has also embraced new media as a Visiting Murrow Lecturer and Goldsmith Fellow at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy, where he investigated the impact of the Web on the presidential primary system and taught a graduate course on the intersection of media, politics and public policy. In addition, Fiedler co-directed a project, sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation and the Knight Foundation, exploring the future of journalism education.

In 2003, Fiedler received a COM Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 2005, the college presented him with the Hugo Shong Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. In 2006, he was elected a member of BU’s Board of Overseers.

Jim McManus

Jim McManus

Communication Manager of Boston Global Forum

Jim McManus is Principal Partner of Slowey McManus Communications, a strategic communications and digital services firm headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. A native of Worcester, Jim has worked in the communications field as a journalist, consultant, strategist and advisor for more than 30 years.

Over the course of his career, Jim has worked as a reporter and editor in Boston, Washington D.C., and Hong Kong. He was News Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of the National Catholic Reporter, an editor at the Economist Intelligence Unit in Hong Kong, and an editor at The Boston Herald.

Following his career in journalism, Jim served as Chief of Staff for a prominent State Senator, who chaired the Criminal Justice and Education Committees while attending law school in Boston.

As a strategic communications consultant, Jim has helped secure media coverage in the most prominent media outlets around the world for Fortune 500 clients and startups in the life sciences, technology, energy and education sectors. He has worked with several governmental clients, including the Irish, Austrian and Canadian business development agencies. He holds degrees from the College of the Holy Cross, the University of Illinois and Suffolk University Law School. He is a member of the Leadership Council of the American Diabetes Association and is an adjunct professor in the Journalism Department at Emerson College.

Philip I. Kent


Former Chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.

Phil Kent was chairman and chief executive officer of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), from March 2003 to December 31, 2013. He is responsible for a portfolio of news, entertainment and animation, young adult & kids networks including CNN/U.S., CNN International, and HLN; TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies and truTV; and Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. Globally, Turner Broadcasting operates some 130 channels in 30 languages in more than 200 countries.

Kent was named to his current role in February 2003. Earlier, he served as president and chief operating officer of CNN News Group, where he oversaw a strategic reorganization of the news division. His career at TBS, Inc. also includes broad international experience as president of Turner Broadcasting System International (TBSI), the division overseeing Turner’s business activity outside the United States. At the helm of TBSI, Kent led a regionalization strategy that introduced local-language versions of CNN and the Turner entertainment networks around the globe, further strengthening the company’s position in critical international markets.

Kent joined Turner Broadcasting 18 years ago as president of Turner Home Entertainment, the former division comprised of the company’s home video, new media, licensing & merchandising, international theatrical distribution and book publishing operations. Previously he spent six years with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) as a packaging agent in that company’s television department. In 1981, he helped launch Blair Entertainment, the television syndication division of John Blair & Co., where he began his career.

Kent earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics at Lehigh University. He serves on the board of directors of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association; is immediate past chair of the board of trustees of Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center; is a member of the Dean’s executive board of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film & Television; and chairs the Atlanta Committee for Progress. He is a member of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.