2020 Gershowitz Conference

November 9, 2020
Herb Klein and his wife Jacqueline Klein with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden

The challenge of disseminating accurate information in the midst of a public health crisis is the focus of the 2020 Gershowitz Conference on Media and Democratic Governance — a yearly forum of journalists, diplomats, students, researchers, and public policy experts.

Organized jointly by Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration and the Center for Media and Peace Initiatives, New York, the Conference takes place November 11-12, 2020 in a virtual setting for the first time.

Attendees can anticipate insightful discussions and interactions with influential lawmakers, media leaders, scholars, and practitioners.

In times of crises, news media, data journalism, fact checking, and investigative reporting shed light, whereas disinformation spreads fear and can lead to misguided decisions. While seeking to counter the spread of disinformation in what has been defined as the first “disinfodemic,” journalists, policymakers, and the general public must devise measures to adapt in a fragmented media ecosystem.

The Conference explores different concepts, countries, and collaborations to navigate the storm in a sea of massive disinformation.

Former United States Congressman Herbert C. Klein will deliver the keynote address. Congressman Klein has had a long and distinguished career in government, law and business. 

Congressman Klein is part of the President’s Council of Rutgers University, and has been on its Board of Trustees and on its Board of Overseers. He is a member of the Council of the National Democratic Institute.

“The keynote address, along with the entire Conference, will provide pivotal perspectives on the leading issues of the day, as well as their implications across sectors and around the globe in 2021 and onwards,” said Edmund Janniger, the Vice President of the Center for Media and Peace Initiatives.

The opening statements at the event will be delivered by Dr. Charles E. Menifield, the Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University-Newark, alongside the President of the Center for Media and Peace Initiatives, Dr. Uchenna Ekwo, and Dr. Robert Shick, a SPAA Visiting Scholar and the Conference Cochair, with Mr. Janniger moderating.

Richard S. Gordon, a trusted advisor to leaders around the world, will provide a special address. During a more than 35 year career, Mr. Gordon has advised candidates and officeholders in every position from President of the United States to municipal council

The Most Reverend Manuel A. Cruz, Titular Bishop of Gaguari and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, will enrich understanding of key matters, emphasizing the need for dialogue and religious freedom across the globe.

Other notable speakers include history writer and political analyst Justin Buffer, journalist Fathia Eldakhakhny, NGO public affairs adviser Robert Bernstein, Brunei Legislative Council Member Iswandy Ahmad, Ripon College Politics Professor Lamont Colucci, Tongan Parliament Member Lord Fusitu’a, and CNN's Inside Africa contributor Shahira Amin, amongst many others.

To register for the Conference, please click here. Registration is complimentary.

The event partners include the Institute of Global Affairs and the Commonwealth Africa Initiative.