Insights into Trump’s America shared at TRSM’s Dean’s Speaker Series
The TRSM community received first-hand insights into two of the biggest news stories of recent weeks – the Tree of Life attack in Pittsburgh and the US mid-term elections – from a veteran reporter on the front line of both events.
Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David M. Shribman, Executive Editor and Vice-President of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, was the inaugural speaker at TRSM’s Dean’s Speaker Series and shared his insights in a presentation dubbed Election Results, Trump and Canada: Looking to the Future. The event was sponsored by Hogg, Shain & Scheck, external link, opens in new window.
Shribman, who has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Washington Star and has a regular column in The Globe and Mail, said the often-repeated phrase that the recent mid-terms were the most significant election in American history “is like most statements of that kind, both beguiling and wrong.” Both the US Civil War and the civil rights movement were shaped by, and served to shape, the elections of their day in ways that continue to influence US politics.
“Race has something to do with everything in the United States,” Shribman said. “Race has dominated American politics from 1813 through to yesterday,” he said, referring to the mid-term results, which saw both polarizing immigration rhetoric from President Donald Trump and an energized Democratic Party regaining control of Congress with an unprecedented slate of diverse candidates.
Shribman also shared that the Tree of Life Synagogue, scene of the horrific October 27, 2018 gun attack that left 11 dead and six wounded, is mere blocks from his home. He praised the dedication of his reporters and editors in how they responded to the tragedy and “spoke for Pittsburgh in this remarkable moment of searing sadness.” He also thanked the outpouring of support from around the world, and thanked the Ryerson community for its recent service in memory of the victims.
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