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Hardman Lecture Series

This lecture series presents in-depth discussions with some of the leading journalists of our time and is made possible through the generosity of the Hardman Family Endowment.

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Liz Plank 2020 Hardman Journalist in Residence Lecture

Bob Davis

Wall Street Journal


"1930s Redux: Covering the Trade War with China"


Free and Open to the Public
Information: 413.662.5224

Bob Davis is a senior editor who covers economic issues out of Washington D.C.,and focuses on the trade and economic struggle between the United States and China. He is co-author of a book about the fight, "Superpower Showdown," which will be published in June.

From 2011 to 2014, he was posted in Beijing where he covered the Chinese economy. He did his best to get out of the capital and see China beyond the luxury stores.

Before he decamped to Beijing, Mr. Davis ran economic coverage during the global financial crisis and, before that, reported on Washington’s response to the Asian financial crisis. From 2004 to 2007, he was the Journal's Latin America bureau chief, based in Washington, D.C., and covered the resurgence of populist politics. Under his direction, the bureau won the Overseas Press Club award for Latin America coverage in 2005.

He was the Wall Street Journal's Brussels bureau chief in 2001-2002 and was responsible for coverage of the European Union.

In 2000, he was awarded the Raymond Clapper award for Washington reporting for coverage of the White House negotiations with China over the World Trade Organization. A year earlier, he was part of a team of Journal reporters that won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for coverage of the Asian and Russian financial crisis.

In 1998, he co-authored "Prosperity," which was selected by Business Week as one of the year's 10 best business books.

Past speakers of the Hardman Lecture Series: 

2019-2020: Liz Plank

2018-2019: Maria Hinojosa

2017-2018: Byron Pitts

2016-2017: Abderrahim Foukara

2015-2016: Joy Reid

2014-2015: Nicholas Kristof

2013-2014: Jeff Corwin

2012-2013: Howard Kurtz

2011-2012: Soledad O'Brien

2010-2011: Laura Ling

2009-2010: Charlayne Hunter-Gault

2008-2009: David Brooks

2007-2008: Bill McKibben, Marianne Pearl

2006-2007: Derrick Jackson, Bob Simon

2005-2006: Dan Harris, Ellen Goodman

2004-2005: Ellen Hume, Alan Chartock


Past Journalists-in-Residence:  

2019: Mariel Fiori

2018: Jenn Smith

2017: Dolores Barclay

2016: Seth Rogovoy

2015: John and Anastasia Stanmeyer

2014: Kevin Moran

2013: Mark Kinver

2012: Joe Donahue

2011: Lydia Kulbida

2009: Rex Smith