BGF Leaders Series: Professor Thomas Patterson

Dec 4, 2013Boston Global Forum Awards


(BGF) – We are excited to kick off the Meet Boston Global Forum Leaders Series with Professor Thomas E. Patterson. In addition to being one of BGF’s co-founders, he is the Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

A prolific writer, Professor Patterson published a number of seminal books analyzing the intersection of politics, electoral participation, and the press. His latest book, “Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalistm” calls for journalists to become more deeply informed about the subjects they cover, in order to avoid misinterpreting them and being vulnerable to their sources.

In “The Vanishing Voter”, Professor Patterson 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”.

Four the launch of the Meet Boston Global Forum Leaders Series you will be able to submit your questions about his latest book “Informing the News”, his involvement with Boston Global Forum’s 2013 issue of the year on minimal standards for worke safety, as well as the upcoming 2014 issue on how social media can be used to create a better, safer, and more peaceful world, by sending your tweets to @BostonGF, or by sending us an email [email protected] . Professor Patterson will be answering live from 6:00 pm, December 5 (Boston Time). We will be posting his answers live on our website as well as on Twitter.