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E.J. Dionne  2016 Berkman Award Winner for Excellence in Journalism

E.J. Dionne 2016 Berkman Award Winner for Excellence in Journalism


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by Christine McCarthy McMorris
On Thursday, November 17, 2016 Mr. Dionne visited Trinity College as the seventh recipient of the
College’s Moses Berkman Memorial Journalism Award, in recognition of his career as one of the country’s foremost political journalists. He gave a talk titled “After 2016: Can a Divided Coutry Heal Itself?” to an overflow audience of students, faculty, and the community.

 

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To hear a podcast of his talk, follow this link:  https://portal.stretchinternet.com/trincolladmin/portal.htm?eventId=331904&streamType=audio

A twice-weekly op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, he is a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, a professor at Georgetown University and a commentator on politics for National Public Radio, ABC’s “This Week” and MSNBC.

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E.J. Dionne’s visit is part of the 25th Anniversary Year celebration of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. The Berkman Award receipients, which have included Tom Condon, Jason Barry, and Anne Garrels, are chosen by Trinity’s Program on Public Values (Dir. Mark Silk, above, with Dionne.)

Dionne is also a columnist for Commonweal, a liberal Catholic publication. Before joining the Post, Dionne spent 14 years with the New York Times, reporting on state and local government, national politics, and from around the world, including stints in Paris, Rome, and Beirut. Dionne’s published works include Why Americans Hate Politics which won the Los Angeles Times book prize, and was a 1991 National Book Award nominee. His most recent book, published January 2016, is Why the Right Went Wrong.

E.J.Dionne’s visit is one of a series of events in celebration of the 25th Anniversary Year  of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at .

The Moses Berkman Memorial Journalism Award is supported by The Moses and Florence Berkman Endowed Fund at Trinity College, in honor of the late Moses Berkman, Class of 1920. Moses Berkman was an outstanding journalist who served the Hartford Times as a political correspondent, columnist, and editorial writer from the early 1920s until his death in 1956.

 

 

 

Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate, Post-Scalia

Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate, Post-Scalia

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No, The Anglican Communion Did Not Suspend the Episcopal Church

No, The Anglican Communion Did Not Suspend the Episcopal Church

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Tough Times for Mormon Orthodoxy

Tough Times for Mormon Orthodoxy

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Author Archives: Christine McCarthy McMorris

E.J. Dionne  2016 Berkman Award Winner for Excellence in Journalism

E.J. Dionne 2016 Berkman Award Winner for Excellence in Journalism

by Christine McCarthy McMorris… On Thursday, November 17, 2016 Mr. Dionne visited Trinity College as the seventh recipient of the College’s Moses Berkman Memorial Journalism Award, in recognition of his career as one of the country’s foremost political journalists. He gave a talk titled “After 2016: Can a Divided Coutry Heal Itself?” to an overflow… Continue Reading

Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate, Post-Scalia

Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate, Post-Scalia

by Christina Claxton ’16 “Uterus is back on the menu at the Supreme Court,” wrote Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick in her November 6 dispatch on the day’s big judicial news. The Supreme Court had agreed to hear a follow-up to Hobby Lobby, the case that established a religious right for “closely held” for-profit companies. This latest… Continue Reading

What Do You Teach the Kids, Nones?

What Do You Teach the Kids, Nones?

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Tough Times for Mormon Orthodoxy

Tough Times for Mormon Orthodoxy

Watching the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints struggle to control its public image has been a study in the difficulty of maintaining orthodoxy in the age of instant communication. When podcaster John Dehlin was excommunicated earlier this week for apostasy – his offenses included “spreading” his dissenting views “widely via the Internet” despite orders to stop – he announced the decision on a radio show, and posted the letter explaining the reasoning behind his ouster on his Mormon Stories website. Continue Reading

Zen Master in the Garden

Zen Master in the Garden

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