DeHate the Debate: Seeking a Common Ground to Disagree Without Disrespect

DeHate The DebateJoin us for this important discussion as part of the opening of the Regis School of Business and Communication

In 2017 public dialogue has heated to a boiling point, resulting in physical violence and death. Our nation is debating the bounds of free speech and how to push back against hatred and discrimination.

The university is proud to open its new School of Business and Communication with a panel discussion examining tensions in daily discourse, and exploring how we can calm the waters of everyday conversation.

How did we reach this point? Is there any hope for a healthy, constructive dialogue among the public, the media, and elected officials? Can the public trust the Fourth Estate when we need it most? Is there really such a thing as free speech?

You're invited! This free event is open to the public.


Monday, September 11, 2017


7 p.m.


The Fine Arts Center - visitors can park in Lot A as shown on this campus map


A 45-minute panel discussion that is open to the public and will be followed by questions and answers.


Regis is proud to sponsor this event with The MetroWest Daily News and WickedLocal.

The MetroWest Daily NewsWickedLocal


Janet Wu, WCVB Political Reporter

Janet WuJanet Wu is an Emmy winning political and investigative reporter that has served as WCVB's NewsCenter 5 Massachusetts State House reporter since January 1983. In 2006, she joined WCVB's investigative unit, 5 Investigates. Wu is also the co-host of the station's "On The Record," a weekly roundtable discussion of Massachusetts politics that airs every Sunday morning.

Wu is a key member of WCVB's political unit and received a prestigious Emmy at the 2015 Emmy® Awards presented by the National Academy of Televisions Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Boston/New England chapter. The award, in the Continuing Coverage – No Time Limit category, recognized Wu's work on the station's political coverage during the 2014 campaign season, an ongoing initiative entitled "Commitment 2014." Also in 2015, she received the 'Inspiration Award' from the Asian Community Development Corporation for her consummate work as a political reporter. Wu was awarded a Doctor of Humane letters degree (Honorary) from Emerson College at the 2011 commencement, and in 2010, she was inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

In addition, Wu was a member of the team at WCVB honored on multiple occasions with the coveted Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Political Journalism. The station was recognized for its candidate-orientated reporting and its effort to cover issues important to the local community. In 1998, Wu was awarded top honors in the Associated Press Investigative/ Enterprise category and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting for her report entitled "Public Property, Private Lies." In addition, the NewsCenter 5 political team was honored in 1989 with a First Place National Headliners Award and a Murrow Award for the best political coverage of any station in the nation.

Before coming to Channel 5, Wu was the State House reporter for WGBH-TV, Boston's public television station. She also worked as a reporter for United Press International.

Wu, a native of Bridgewater, NJ, received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She is fluent in the Cantonese dialect of Chinese. Wu is married and has two children.

Newton Mayor Setti Warren, candidate for governor of Massachusetts

Setti WarrenMayor Setti Warren is an Iraq War veteran and two-term mayor of Newton who has spent his life in public service. A graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School, Mayor Warren worked in the Clinton White House and in John Kerry’s U.S. Senate office. In 2003, the mayor went to work for John Kerry’s presidential campaign, where he met his wife Tassy on the campaign trail.

Mayor Warren's parents, Joe and Elpidia, were born into two rough neighborhoods in New York City. Joe enlisted in the Air Force, serving in the Korean War while sending money home to his mother and brother. After he returned home, he and Elpidia moved down to Greensboro to attend North Carolina A&T University. While attending college at the height of the civil rights movement, they joined the effort to desegregate lunch counters and movie theaters. Inspired by his father’s military service and work during the civil rights movement, the mayor enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves after 9/11, serving for nine years. In 2007, he was deployed to Iraq as a Naval Intelligence Specialist.

After returning from Iraq, he decided to run for mayor of his hometown. When the mayor took office, Newton was in the midst of a financial crisis. The city was facing a $40 million projected deficit and an empty rainy day fund. Mayor Warren worked closely with unions and community members to create a balanced budget without sacrificing vital services that residents depended on. Today, the city is one of a few select municipalities to earn two AAA bond ratings and has a rainy day fund approaching $20 million. While under the mayor's leadership, Newton’s innovation-based economy has been reinvigorated. The city has slashed its carbon footprint while investing in housing, transportation, and infrastructure projects that reduce inequality and strengthen the community.

A lifelong resident of Newton, Mayor Warren lives with his wife Tassy and their two young kids, Abigail and John, in the home where he grew up.

In May, Mayor Warren announced his candidacy for governor of Massachusetts.

Waltham Mayor Jeannette A. McCarthy

Jeannette A. McCarthyMayor Jeannette A. McCarthy is a life-long resident of Waltham. Mayor McCarthy attended Waltham public schools and is a graduate of Waltham High School, Boston College, Suffolk University Law School, and Northeastern University. Prior to being elected mayor, she served two years as a Councillor-at-Large, and served six years on the Waltham School Committee. She was also employed for seven years as a city solicitor, and became mayor in 2004. Mayor McCarthy had a private law practice, and also volunteered her time for many organizations including the American Cancer Society, Greater Waltham Association for Retarded Citizens, and Waltham Partnership for Youth.

Tom O'Neill III, former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor and CEO of O'Neill and Associates

Tom O'NeillA former state legislator and Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, O’Neill’s work has long focused on the intersection of government, business and nonprofit causes. His expertise spans the public and private sector in areas that include transportation, healthcare, higher education, financial services and nonprofit development.

As founder and CEO of O'Neill and Associates, he oversees all aspects of the company, including strategic planning, marketing, long-term growth and client servicing. From 1975 to 1983, O’Neill served as Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. During his term in office, O’Neill created and administered the Commonwealth’s Office of Federal-State Relations in Boston and Washington, D.C. His work focused largely on securing federal transportation infrastructure funding for the state by coordinating the efforts of New England governors with the Northeast and Midwest congressional delegations. During his term of office, he also served on the U.S. State Department Ambassadorial Screening Committee. From 1973 to 1974, O’Neill represented the City of Cambridge and the Town of Belmont in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

A longtime leader in Greater Boston’s health care sector, O’Neill has served in prominent roles on several health care governing boards including Tufts Health Plan, Mount Auburn Hospital and Caregroup. He is also prolific in his community and philanthropic work. In addition to his longtime presence on the Regis board of trustees and the Boston College board of trustees, O’Neill serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Hospital Schools Foundation, the Women’s Lunch Place, Project Bread, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and the American Ireland Fund. He currently acts as the the chair of the board for Tufts Health Plan Foundation and has recently become the first President of the Boston Irish Abbey Theatre Association. He is particularly active with Cristo Rey Boston, the innovative work-study program that began at his alma-mater North Cambridge Catholic High School. He is also a member of the board of Catholic Democrats, a national advocacy organization dealing with faith and politics.

The oldest son of the late U.S. Speaker Tip O’Neill, O’Neill began in politics by running his father’s campaigns and later his own. O’Neill earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree in public administration at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Dan Lothian, former CNN White House correspondent, owner of Little Park Media

Dan LothianAs a former White House correspondent for CNN, Lothian reported on the activities of President Obama and the administration. Before joining the team in CNN’s Washington bureau in 2008, Lothian served as CNN’s Boston bureau chief and correspondent. In addition to reporting, Lothian was responsible for coordinating all news and coverage from the greater-Boston area.

Lothian has also reported on natural disasters and told the stories of countless victims of hurricanes Dennis, Gustav, Katrina and Rita. His reports contributed to the CNN’s award-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

Lothian also covered the funeral of Rosa Parks, the 2004 presidential campaigns and the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision in Brown vs. Board of Education case from Topeka, Kan. In July 2003, he traveled to the Middle East to report on the ongoing tensions and the proposed peace agreements between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Lothian joined CNN from NBC News where he had worked for seven years as a Los Angeles-based correspondent. Before that, he reported for WCVB-TV in Boston. Previously, he reported for Seattle’s KING-TV, West Palm Beach, Fla.’s WPTV-TV and Chattanooga, Tenn.’s WDEF-TV.

His accolades include a National Headliner award, a National Association of Black Journalists award, two national Emmy nominations, and an Associated Press award.

Lothian earned a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Temple University and a master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C.

Anne Brennan, Regional Director of News and Operations GateHouse Media West Unit

Anne BrennanWith three decades of journalism experience at the Cape Cod Times and industry-leading experience in digital media innovation, Anne Brennan is the editorial leader for the West Unit of Gatehouse Media New England.

As regional director of news and operations, Brennan oversees the MetroWest Daily News and the Milford Daily News and 19 weeklies based in GateHouse’s Framingham, Milford, North Attleboro and Walpole offices.

Prior to helming the company's West Unit, Brennan served as the editor of - a lifestyle and entertainment website at the Cape Cod Times. Prior to that she was the assistant managing editor for digital media.

Brennan started her career at a weekly paper in California before joining the Cape Cod Times as the night police reporter. She went on to cover a variety of beats and was involved with several investigative projects as a reporter and later as an editor.

DeHate the Debate | Fine Arts Center | Regis College