Past Event

A discussion with Prof. Anya Schiffrin and Prof. Joseph E. Stiglitz on why the media matters for growth, governance and accountability

August 18, 2014
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

To celebrate the publication of Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World (New Press, August 2014), Columbia professors Joseph E. Stiglitz and Anya Schiffrin will discuss the role that media plays in promoting economic growth, good governance, and government accountability. They will consider under what conditions journalists can be effective as watchdogs and agenda setter and discuss the success and failure of some of the great journalism campaigns of the last 100 years, in an event scheduled at 6 pm, Aug. 18, at Studio-X Istanbul.

Anya Schiffrin is the director of the media and communications specialization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  Schiffrin is on the advisory board of the Open Society Foundation’s Program on Independent Journalism and on the advisory board of Revenue Watch.  Her most recent book is Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World (New Press, 2014).  Her previous book (co-edited with SIPA alum Eamon Kircher-Allen) was From Cairo to Wall Street: Voices from the Global Spring (New Press, 2012).

Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University and has taught at Stanford, Princeton, MIT and Yale. Stiglitz was a member of the Council of Economic Advisers from 1993-95, during the Clinton administration, and served as CEA chairman from 1995-97. He then became Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank from 1997-2000. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his analyses of markets with asymmetric information, and he was a lead author of the 1995 Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is the author several bestsellers, including  The Price of Inequality (WW Norton, 2012) and Globalization and Its Discontents (WW Norton, 2002).