EIHS Symposium: The Role of History in Investigative Reporting
Anna Clark is an investigative journalist for ProPublica. She is the author of The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy, which won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism and the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award, and was longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. She also edited A Detroit Anthology and wrote a slim book on the literary history of the Great Lakes State. Anna teaches nonfiction in Alma College’s MFA program in creative writing. She was a Fulbright fellow in Kenya and a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan. She graduated from U-M with degrees in history of art and creative writing/literature, and also from Warren Wilson College's MFA program in creative writing. She has been a longtime leader of writing and improv theater workshops in prisons, detention centers, high schools, libraries, and beyond.
Kat Stafford is the global race and justice editor for Reuters, where she leads agenda-setting coverage of race, identity and social justice across the newsroom. Prior to joining Reuters, Kat was a national investigative race writer and global investigations correspondent at the Associated Press. She has received several awards for her work, including the National Press Club Journalism Institute's 2023 Neil and Susan Sheehan Award for Investigative Journalism. She was a 2022 University of Michigan Knight-Wallace fellow, where she published a five-part investigative series examining how health inequities have impacted generations of Black Americans.
Stephen A. Berrey is an associate professor in American Culture and History and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Jim Crow Routine: Everyday Performances of Race, Civil Rights, and Segregation in Mississippi. Berrey is director of the Sundown Towns Project and website, an initiative begun by James Loewen to document places that have intentionally excluded some racial groups. He is also involved with Singing Justice, a collaborative project of performers and scholars dedicated to centering Black music and Black musicians in American history.
This event presented by the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies in partnership with Wallace House Center for Journalists. It is made possible in part by a generous contribution from Kenneth and Frances Aftel Eisenberg.
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The Thursday Series is the core of the institute's scholarly program, hosting distinguished guests who examine methodological, analytical, and theoretical issues in the field of history.
The Friday Series consists mostly of panel-style workshops highlighting U-M graduate students. On occasion, events may include lectures, seminars, or other programs presented by visiting scholars.
The insitute also hosts other historical programming, including lectures, film screenings, author appearances, and similar events aimed at a broader public audience.