Lectures and Other Speaking Engagements 2016

I have spoken across the United States, as well as Western Europe, China, Japan, Australia, and Taiwan. I also conduct media training workshops for researchers and non-profits at universities and professional associations across the U.S.

See below for a list of recent and forthcoming talks and a detailed description of media training workshops. To schedule a talk or workshop, please contact:
 Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau
 295 Huntington Ave. Suite 211
 Boston, MA 02115
 (617) 266–3450
inquiries@jodisolomonspeakers.com

RECENT AND FORTHCOMING TALKS
MEDIA TRAINING FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO ENGAGE MINDS, NOT INFLAME THEM

Why Answering Falsehoods Often Backfires — And Other Things Researchers Need to Know About Going Public

Researchers have unique access to information that could enhance public discussion, but face special challenges in making their work accessible without over-simplifying. Stephanie Coontz has published more than 100 op eds herself and turned the work of scores of other academics into op eds, briefing papers, and fact sheets that have received national – often international – attention. She has taught media-training workshops, ranging from two hours to two days, at Columbia University, Notre Dame, Penn State, UCLA, Rice, Emery, NIU, and for numerous professional conferences.

WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT TRAINING FROM STEPHANIE COONTZ
Stephanie Coontz taught me more in one day about how the news media works than I ever knew before. Her work on my behalf resulted in national newspaper and television coverage. She is a national resource.
 Michael J. Rosenfeld, Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Stanford University.

I know of no one who can match Stephanie's ability to help scholars find hooks for their work, construct compelling op-ed pieces, handle press interviews, and enter the public discourse.
 Steven Mintz, Professor of History, University of Austin

Stephanie was instrumental in helping us publish an Op-Ed in the New York Times. She guided us in how to bridge the gap between scholarly writing and public messaging, going over repeated drafts of the Op-Ed and offering detailed and insightful feedback. She really helped us sharpen our take-away points and find the "so what?" implications. Working with Stephanie was an amazingly productive and rewarding experience.
 Paul L. Morgan, Associate Professor, Director of the Educational Risk Initiative, Dept. of Education Policy Studies, Pennsylvania State University; George Farkas, Professor and Director of the PhD Program, School of Education, University of California, Irvine

We have seen Stephanie Coontz help a roomful of professors and clinicians accustomed to writing for professional journals turn their ideas into bright, eye-grabbing prose. Her special talent is showing people how to hone complex ideas and complex statistical data into easily digestible informative news reports that avoid cheap soundbites. The last time she issued a release on our research, we got dozens of media calls and two publishers approached us about a book project.
 Philip A. Cowan, Professor of the Graduate School and Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley; Carolyn Pape Cowan, Professor of Psychology Emerita, University of California at Berkeley

Coontz is a genius at translating empirical findings into media messages and helping others do the same. I was particularly impressed with her ability to pinpoint the most interesting messages and "take away points" across a broad array of health topics including autism, built environment and exercise, FMRI scans and empathy, and the health effects of masculinity. In short, Professor Coontz can help anyone find and communicate the public importance of their research
 Kristen W. Springer, Ph.D., M.P.H.,Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar, Columbia University

Coontz is an expert on using media to move important ideas out of the ivory tower. She showed me how to turn an earnest but unfocused draft into a polished, hard hitting op-ed featured on the homepage of CNN.
 Nancy Unger, Professor of History, Santa Clara University

Stephanie Coontz has an unmatched ability to teach other academics how to translate complex research and clinical expertise into editorials, magazine articles, and trade books. Everyone who attends her workshops comes away with important new skills. People who once fled from reporters develop respectful, mutually beneficial relationships with the press.
 Barbara Risman, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago

 

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