On Nov. 15, the 27th Columbia Forum season begins with a slate of speakers sure to stimulate discussion and possibly action. Here is the 2016-17 season:
What the heck just happened?!
An Analysis of the 2016 Election
Researcher John Horvick • Tuesday, Nov. 15
John Horvick, Political Director at DHM Research, will review the 2016 election in Oregon and nationally. He’ll share his thoughts about what the election outcomes say about our state and country. Horvick has conducted hundreds of surveys and focus groups with Oregonians across the state, and he’ll discuss some of the research findings that help explain why we voted the way we did, including the values and issues that were
most influential this election.
Erik Knoder and Josh Lehner • Thursday, Feb. 23
Erik Knoder has lived in Oregon since 1988. He received his master’s degree in natural resource economics from Oregon State University in 1999. Aside from labor market economics his research interests include land use, growth and development, and the fishing industry. Erik joined the Oregon Employment Department as a regional economist June of 2003 and works in Newport. He is responsible for generating and disseminating labor market information for Lincoln, Tillamook, Clatsop and Columbia counties.
Josh Lehner is an Economist with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. He develops the quarterly Oregon Economic forecast, including outlooks for employment, income and housing. Additional responsibilities include forecasting revenues for the Oregon Lottery, Oregon Judicial Department and state tobacco taxes.
Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist
Nigel Jaquiss • Tuesday, March 7
Nigel Jaquiss is an American Journalist who won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, for his work exposing former Oregon Governor Neil Goldschmidt's sexual abuse of a 14-year-old-girl while he was mayor of Portland, Oregon. His story was published in Willamette Week in May 2004. He continues to write for Willamette Week.
Jaquiss graduated from Dartmouth College in 1984; he spent eleven years as a Wall Street and Singapore-based crude oil trader, working for Cargill, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. After some concerns about business practices, he sought a career change, eventually enrolling at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and got his master’s degree in 1987. He began his journalism career in Portland in January 1998, working for Willamette Week.
Highly Acclaimed Author
Buzz Bissinger • Thursday, April 6
Buzz Bissinger is among the nation’s most honored and distinguished writers. A native of New York City, Buzz is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the Livingston Award, the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award and the National Headliners Award, among others. He also was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He is the author of the highly acclaimed nonfiction books: Friday Night Lights, A Prayer for the City, Three Nights in August, Shooting Stars and Father’s Day.
Buzz has been a reporter for some of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers; a magazine writer with published work in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine and Sports Illustrated; and a co-producer and writer for the ABC television drama NYPD Blue. Two of his works were made into the critically acclaimed films: Friday Night Lights and Shattered Glass. Three more are in active development. Friday Night Lights also served as the inspiration for the television series of the same name.