Wallace House Seminars

Twice a week, fellows gather at Wallace House for off-the-record talks with those who make the news and those who report it. These seminars are unique opportunities to interact with notable guests and engage in candid discussions of important issues. Fellows are invited to suggest speakers. In the past, our roster of guests has included such notables as: Madeleine Albright, Ken Auletta, Jeff Fager, Steve Forbes, Ian Frazier, Charlie Gibson, Ira Glass, Michael Moore, Susan Orlean, David Remnick, George Soros, Gloria Steinem and Mike Wallace.


Hovey Lecture

Each September, the program hosts The Graham Hovey Lecture. The public event honors fellowship alumni whose subsequent careers exemplify the benefits of sabbatical studies at the University of Michigan.

The lecture’s namesake, Graham Hovey, was a war correspondent, foreign affairs reporter, a member of the The New York Times editorial board, university professor and director of the fellowship from 1980-1986.

View past honored lecturers by year »


Public Policy Conferences

The Knight-Wallace Fellowship organizes and co-sponsors public policy conferences, inviting esteemed journalists and influential leaders to examine issues facing both journalists and their public.

Past conferences have included a public debate on “The New Secrecy in the Media”, featuring The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, The New York Times former Managing Editor Jill Abramson, Fox TV’s Greta van Sustern, NPR’s Jackie Northam and policy makers like J. William Leonard, director of the federal Information Security Oversight Office.

Other conferences have examined “The Serious Stuff About Humor: What is It? Why is it?” with Emmy Award-winning writers for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”, political cartoonists and leading academics in psychology.

Our conference “Covering Permanent War and Bioterrorism” examined the media’s changing role in a post 9-11 world with Christiane Amanpour, Eason Jordan, Judith Miller and a panel of the world’s leading bioterrorism experts.

A symposium on the communication of the “Affordable Care Act, ObamaCare hearsay or Fact” featured, among other distinguished panelists, Steven Brill, author of “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us” which was featured in Time Magazine.