Published 04/11/17

U.S. News editor Robert Schlesinger will keynote Bryant’s Research and Engagement Day April 12

SMITHFIELD, RI – Robert Schlesinger, U.S. News & World Report opinion managing editor, will be at Bryant University Wednesday, April 12, for the Sixth Annual Research and Engagement Day. In addition to his keynote remarks at 2:30 p.m., he will also speak to several smaller groups of students as well as editors of The Archway, Bryant’s student-run newspaper.

“Fostering Innovation through Creativity and Scholarship” is the theme for RED17 — Research and Engagement Day. The day-long symposium highlights the academic and creative accomplishments of students and faculty, and industry and community partners.

The day's agenda includes research presentations, roundtable discussions, and showcases of creative expression. Undergraduate and graduate day classes have been cancelled so that all members of community can participate.

Schlesinger is former political editor of the insider publication The Hill and a Washington correspondent for The Boston Globe. His work has appeared in The Washington MonthlySalon.comThe Weekly Standard, and People. He teaches political journalism at Boston University's Washington Journalism Center. Schlesinger also blogs at Robert Emmet and The Huffington Post. Schlesinger’s 2008 book White House Ghosts: Presidents & Their Speechwriters, explores the role played by the men and women who help presidents find the words they hope will define their places in history. He is the son of Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. who served as speechwriter and special assistant to President John F. Kennedy.  Arthur Schlesinger’s memoir of the Kennedy White House, A Thousand Days, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1966. 

Schlesinger sessions open to the media

  • 11:30-12:30: Reporting in the current political environment. Schlesinger will join Communication Professor Susan Baran’s class in an open discussion regarding reporting in the current political environment. Academic Innovation Center Room 130
  • 1:30-2:30: Journalists' responsibility to readers, their profession and democracy. Schlesinger will join Communication Professor Stanley Baran’s class to explore journalists’ responsibility to their readers and, by extension, their profession and democracy. Academic Innovation Center Room 130
  • 2:30-4: Keynote presentation: Scholarship in Opinion Writing. Schlesinger will discuss the “science” to writing scholarly opinion. Janikies Auditorium in the Unistructure