A group of about 40 alumni gathered in Chicago for drinks, food and lively conversation on August 27. It was a perfect late summer night to spend outside in the ivy-draped beer garden at Grandview Tavern, a hidden gem in the West Town neighborhood. The happy hour event was also “a great opportunity to reconnect with former classmates and expand my Harris network,” said Candace Nisby, MPP’13 (left, with Danielle Wrobel, MPP’13). The occasion marked the end of the summer events lineup and got participants excited for the Fall 2014 series of Harris-sponsored public policy lectures and networking opportunities. Be sure to check the events calendar at for gatherings in your area.




“The Impact of Data-Driven Journalism on Public Policy Discourse,” a lively panel discussion held September 16 in Washington, D.C., co-sponsored by Chicago Harris and the Institute of Politics, was a highlight of the Fall 2014 Chicago Harris Public Policy Lecture series. TIME magazine Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer (right) moderated the panel, which included Vox founder Ezra Klein (left), Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle, Twitter data editor Simon Rogers and Washington Post opinion writer E.J. Dionne Jr. (center). “I don't think we've gotten as far as we think we have in data-driven reporting,” said Klein. “We are so far away from knowing what to do with the datasets we have now.”


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