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Leland Stowe Lecture Series

Celebrating the best in journalism.

The 2022 Stowe Lecture Series Presents: Jane Coaston


Please join the LSA Honors Program on Tuesday, February 15 at 5:00 pm (EST) in the Rackham Amphitheater. 


Polarized America: Lessons from Sports

The polarization of American politics isn't new (remember the Civil War?), but the ways in which our culture, media, and perceptions of one another have become increasingly siloed is. Despite an increasingly national (and international) culture, it's easy to stay within our own political, social, economic and cultural box. But sports can cut across siloes in unexpected ways (while creating new ones). So what can sports teach us about how to depolarize America -- or, does sports tell us that depolarization is not an option? New York Times podcast host, writer and Very Online sports person Jane Coaston will try to explain.

Jane Coaston is the host of "The Argument." Previously, she was a senior politics reporter at Vox with a focus on conservatism and the GOP. Her work has appeared on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and in National Review, the Washington Post, the Ringer, and ESPN Magazine, among others. In addition, she is a former resident fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. She attended the University of Michigan and lives in Washington, D.C.


Interested in attending in person? No registration is needed.

Rackham Amphitheater, 4th floor:

915 E Washington St

Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Driving directions can be found here. 


Visitor Parking is available in the Palmer Parking Structure (200 Washington Ave). 

Building Accessibility:

The front entrance of Rackham is equipped with ramps and elevators are available to bring guests up to the 4th floor.

Covid Policies:

All guests must remain masked throughout the event and complete a ResponsiBLUE health screening questionnaire in order to attend. You will be asked to show proof of survey completion, which will appear as a green checkmark at the end of the questionnaire.  



Not able to join in person? Join us virtually! Livestreaming is available here starting at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 15. 

Jane Coaston's presentation slides



Leland Stowe

Professor Leland Stowe, one of America's most well-known foreign correspondents for his World War II coverage, was a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1930. Joining the journalism department at the University of Michigan in 1956, Leland Stowe taught courses focusing on the flow of international news, reporting foreign affairs, and world affairs. Stowe retired from the University of Michigan in 1969 and became an Emeritus Professor. He passed away in 1994.

Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Leland Stowe was a foreign correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, The Chicago Daily News, ABC radio, and the New York Post syndicate. He published his first book Nazi Germany Means War in 1933

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