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Saturday, October 28 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Politics: Where We Find Ourselves

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Two of America’s most perceptive observers of the political scene join us today for a look at the election that was and the mess that is. For more than two decades, Maureen Dowd has been skewering the political class as a New York Times op-ed columnist, and her keen observations, rapier wit, and penchant for psychologizing earned her a Pulitzer Prize. In The Year of Voting Dangerously, she chronicles what is undoubtedly the most bizarre presidential election and post-election period in history. Journalist and political correspondent Jared Yates Sexton’s coverage of Trump campaign rallies reveals something entirely new in modern American politics: raw, unfiltered, and aggressive rage. Sexton’s own background is not different from that of the average Trump supporter, and his book, The People Are Going to Rise Like the Waters Upon Your Shore, has been called a leftist counterweight to Hillbilly Elegy. Post-election, Sexton uncovered the anti-Semitic source of Donald Trump’s animated CNN tweet and received numerous death threats when the source was revealed. This unparallelled insider view of our rapidly disintegrating political culture and the dangers that could ensue will be moderated by Tom Ashbrook, host of WBUR’s On Point, which airs on more than 290 NPR stations. This session is generously sponsored by G. Barrie Landry.

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Tom Ashbrook

Tom Ashbrook is best known as the host of the nationally syndicated NPR program On Point, but Ashbrook had a varied and fascinating career before turning to radio. Ashbrook was a journalist for two decades, both as a foreign correspondent (primarily in Eastern Asia) and as an editor for the Boston Globe. He has also worked as a surveyor and dynamiter in oil fields in Alaska and was also a TV personality in Hong Kong and a producer on kung fu films while he was abroad. In 1996 he left the Boston Globe to try to become an Internet entrepreneur. This venture lasted for four years and was chronicled in... Read More →

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Maureen Dowd

Maureen Dowd has been an important voice for the New York Times and in American political discourse for decades. Before winning a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary for her writing on the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1999, she started her career in journalism in the 1970s at the Washington Star, where she held various titles, such as sports reporter, metropolitan reporter, and feature writer. In 1983 she joined the staff of the New York... Read More →
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Jared Yates Sexton

Political correspondent, short story writer, and academic Jared Yates Sexton is a man with a lot to say about the world around him. His debut story collection, An End to All Things (2012), was an ode to small-town desperation. His two subsequent collections, The Hook and the Haymaker (2015) and I Am the Oil in the Engine of the World (2016), are sharp and bitingly observant. His career and audience began to take a new shape when he started covering the presidential election for Atticus Review and when, in June 2016, he attended and live-tweeted a Trump rally in North Carolina that went viral. Within days, he became the subject of praise and ire for exposing the rhetoric at the rally. He poured his thoughts and experiences of the 2016 election into his newest book, The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage. He is also an assistant professor of creative writing at Georgia Southern... Read More →

Saturday October 28, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Trinity Sanctuary Copley Square, Boston, MA