Invited Guests and Media

Alison Bass

Alison BassAlison Bass is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of "Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial," which won the NASW Science in Society Award for 2009. She was a longtime medical and science writer for The Boston Globe and has also written for The Miami Herald, Psychology Today and Technology Review, among other publications.

A series she wrote for The Boston Globe on psychiatry was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and she has received many other journalism awards. In 2007, she won a prestigious Alicia Patterson Fellowship for her book project. Bass teaches journalism at Mount Holyoke College and Brandeis University.

Anne Donohue

Anne DonohueProfessor Anne Donohue is an award-winning public radio producer and editor. She was the special projects editor at Monitor Radio for five years, and has also been a contributor to NPR, the BBC, WGBH, and Public Radio International programs. In 1999 she won the prestigious duPont-Columbia Award for The DNA Files on NPR.

She has a special interest in international news, politics, and health. She has done reporting from Egypt, Japan, China, and Indonesia, and throughout the United States. She has won numerous journalism awards for productions on women and AIDS, population and women's reproductive health, and treatment of women and girls in the developing world. Prior to her work in public radio, Donohue was a writer and producer in commercial television news at ABC News in Washington and the CBS affiliate in Boston (now WHDH).

In 2008, Donohue was a Fulbright Scholar in Beijing, China. She is the author of a chapter in From Home to Homeland, What Adoptive Families Need to Know before Making a Return Trip to China.

JoAnn Fitzpatrick

JoAnn FitzpatrickJoAnn Fitzpatrick is a freelance columnist whose work appears regularly in The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Mass.) and in the Providence Journal and Boston Herald. Her specialties are politics, health care, education and transportation.

Fitzpatrick is a longtime editorial writer who was editorial page editor and OpEd page editor at The Patriot Ledger until 2006. Earlier she worked as a wire service reporter in Washington, D.C., covering Congress and the White House. She has won numerous writing awards for her editorials.

E. J. Graff

EJ GraffAs Associate Director and Senior Researcher, Graff is heading the Gender and Justice Project, where she is investigating and exposing some of the serious inequities, injustices, and human rights issues that confront many women. Since 2001, she has been a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center.

As an author and journalist, Graff has written widely about issues of marriage and family, women's lives, and the lives of lesbians, gay men, bisexual, and transgendered people. Her widely praised work is often cited in legal journals, reprinted for use in academic courses and textbooks, entered as courtroom exhibits, and quoted by government policymaking bodies.

In addition to having written two books, Graff is a contributor to Slate's XX Factor and to Her work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Times, Ms., The Nation, The New Republic,, Village Voice, Women's Review of Books, and in more than a dozen anthologies. As an expert in social policy, she has appeared in several documentaries; is regularly interviewed by public and commercial media outlets such as NPR, ABC, CBC, BBC, PBS, MTV, satellite radio, and cable news; and gives talks and engages in debates at universities, conventions, churches, synagogues, and other public forums, in the U.S. and abroad.

Graff's research and analysis have been furthered by prestigious fellowships and research awards. During the 2000-2001 academic year, she was a Liberal Arts Fellow in Law and Journalism at Harvard Law School, where she examined the intersection of law and social values. In 2001, she received The Nation Institute Investigative Fund Research Award to expose injustices based on gender identity and presentation. From 1997 to 1999, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Schlesinger Library, where she wrote her first book.

Florence George Graves

Florence GravesFlorence George Graves is the founding director of Brandeis University's Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, where a staff of journalists do major investigative projects on issues related to political and social justice. The Institute, the first investigative reporting center based at a university, involves students as research assistants, giving them a unique opportunity. As an investigative reporter and magazine editor, Ms. Graves's work has focused on exposing political, government and corporate abuses of power, particularly in Washington, and led to a number of congressional hearings, government probes and several reforms in public policies.

Working as an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, she broke the story exposing sexual misconduct allegations about Senator Bob Packwood of Oregon, which led to his resignation. She founded the national political and investigative journal, Common Cause Magazine. Her work has been recognized nationally and she is a recipient of many awards, including the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. She is also a recipient of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, which honors the editing and overall presentation, content and design of a magazine. For six years she taught students how to create and edit magazines at George Washington University.

Robin Herman

Robin HermanRobin Herman is Assistant Dean for Research Communications at Harvard School of Public Health where she teaches a graduate course The Media and Health Communications: Practical Skills.

She is a former reporter for the New York Times and Washington Post and author of a history of science book, "Fusion: The Search for Endless Energy" (Cambridge University Press, 1990). She was a member of the first class of women at Princeton University.

In 1973 she was hired as the New York Times' first female sports reporter and became the first woman assigned as the beat reporter for a professional sports team (NHL - New York Islanders). In 1975, at the NHL's All Star game, she "broke the locker room barrier" to conduct post-game interviews with players. Her personal website is

Terry Ann Knopf

Terry Ann KnopfTerry Ann Knopf is a Lecturer at in the Journalism Dept. at Boston University, where she teaches courses in Arts Criticism and Media Criticism. Earlier, she worked as a TV critic for The Miami Herald and later at The Patriot Ledger. She was also a Boston Globe correspondent, specializing in the arts and media. Her articles on the media have appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Ladies Home Journal and Boston Magazine, and in numerous journals and anthologies.

A three-time winner for Best TV Critic in Boston Magazine's annual Best-of-Boston awards, she was also voted Best Columnist by the New England Women's Press Association and Best Columnist [second place] by the New England Press Association.

She also worked as the Media Relations Manager at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Earlier in her career she was a Research Associate at Brandeis University's now-defunct Lemberg Center for the Study of Violence, where she authored numerous journal articles and the book Rumors, Race and Riots, which was re-published as a paperback in 2006.

Ruth Nemzoff

NemzoffRuth Nemzoff is a resident scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center and a former adjunct assistant Professor at Bentley University. Her academic training in American Studies at Barnard College, in counseling at Columbia University and in Social Policy at Harvard University is the foundation of this picture of the changing American family. She formerly held the position of Assistant Minority Leader of the New Hampshire Legislature and was New Hampshire's first female Deputy Commissioner of Health and Welfare. While serving as a visiting scholar at the Wellesley Center for Research, she wrote a historical analysis of the Changing Perceptions of Mothers of Children with Disabilities and has also published articles about environmental advertising and women in politics and about Jewish intermarriage.

Ruth has founded a nursery school, a counseling service and the National Women's Legislative Lobby. She has served on multiple boards, including New Hampshire's United Way and Boston's Jewish Family and Children's Services. She currently serves as chair of the Advisory Committee, Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy and is on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

Her first book is titled Don't Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with your Adult Children. Ruth has been speaking around the country on this compelling topic and has even brought these issues to an international audience. She and her husband, Harris Berman have four children and six grand children.

Peggy Orenstein

Peggy OrensteinPeggy Orenstein is a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the author, most recently, of the New York Times best-selling memoir, "Waiting for Daisy." Her previous books include "Flux: Women on Sex, Work, Kids, Love and Life in a Half-Changed World" and the best-selling "SchoolGirls: Young Women, Self-Esteem and the Confidence Gap."

Born in Minneapolis, Peggy now lives in Berkeley with her husband, filmmaker Steven Okazaki, and their daughter, Daisy Tomoko. Her new book, "Cinderella Ate My Daughter," will be released from HarperCollins in 2011.

Judy Rakowsky

Judy RakowskyJudy Rakowsky is an award-winning journalist who spent 26 years as a newspaper staff writer and editor, 14 of those years at the Boston Globe, where her reporting concentrated on law enforcement and legal issues. As an assistant metropolitan editor at the Globe, she directed investigative and breaking stories and developed young reporters.

Now freelancing, she is a correspondent for People Magazine, a contributor to Money Magazine and writes for dailies ranging from the Globe to the Washington Post, while teaching journalism at Boston University, advising the student paper at Bentley University and working on a book about discovering her roots in Poland with a cousin who survived the Holocaust.