University of Arizona Campus  •  March 2 - 3, 2019  •  9:30am to 5:30pm
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Democracy and a Free Press

Steven Levitsky, David McCraw and Leonard Pitts — well-known authors with different resumes and unique perspectives — will explore the role of a free press in maintaining a healthy and vibrant democracy.

Steven Levitsky

Steven Levitsky, co-author of "How Democracies Die," is a David Rockefeller Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of Government at Harvard University. His research interests include political parties and party-building, authoritarianism and democratization and weak and informal institutions, with a focus on Latin America....

David McCraw

David McCraw serves as the principal newsroom lawyer for The New York Times, where he has worked for 16 years. His new book "Truth in Our Times" is a first-person account of the legal battles that helped shape The Times's coverage of Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and the rise of political partisanship in America....

Leonard Pitts

Leonard Pitts, Jr. was born and raised in Southern California and now lives in suburban Washington, DC, with his wife and children. He is a columnist for the Miami Herald and won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, in addition to many other awards....

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