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Notable Lectures and Performances

  • David Axelrod: "Uncharted Waters: The Campaign of 2016"

    David Axelrod gives the Abbott Memorial Lecture, speaking on the 2016 election, and what the results will mean. David Axelrod is a veteran of American politics and journalism and the former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. He currently serves as director of the University of Chicago's non-partisan Institute of Politics; senior political commentator for CNN; and host of “The Axe Files,” a top-rated podcast jointly produced by CNN and his institute. Axelrod, a former political writer for the Chicago Tribune and, later, media strategist for 150 state, local, and national political campaigns, is also the author of The New York Times best-selling memoir, “Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.”

  • Donna Brazile

    Veteran Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile is an adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist, television political commentator, vice chair for civic engagement and voter participation at the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and former interim national chair of the DNC as well as the former chair of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute. Aside from working to rebuild her beloved hometown of New Orleans, Brazile’s passion is encouraging young people to vote, to work within the system to strengthen it, and to run for public office. Since 2000, Brazile has lectured at over 185 colleges and universities across the country on such topics as “Inspiring Civility in American Politics,” “Race Relations in the Age of Obama,” “Why Diversity Matters,” and “Women in American Politics.” Brazile is founder and managing director of Brazile & Associates LLC, a general consulting, grassroots advocacy, and training firm based in Washington, D.C.

  • An Evening with Jon Krakauer

    The bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and accomplished mountain climber discusses his adventurous life in letters. The author of Into Thin Air, Into the Wild, Under the Banner of Heaven, and, most recently, Missoula, appears on stage with his long-time editor and friend, Mark Bryant, the award-winning former editor of Outside, for a revealing look at one of America's master craftsmen of non-fiction. This recording contains language that may be offensive.

  • Flores Forbes

    Mr. Forbes is currently associate vice president in the Office of Government and Community Affairs at Columbia University. At 16 years old he became the youngest member of the Black Panther Party's Central Committee and was a senior member of that organization for a decade. He spent 4 years as a fugitive after being dispatched by Huey P. Newton to assassinate a witness against him and ultimately 4 years, 8 months, and 9 days as an inmate in Soledad and San Quentin Prisons in California. Flores has written a book on his experience, Will You Die With Me?, and will be giving a talk on the "real" political philosophies that informed the BPP (Fanon, Carlos Miraghella and Huey Newton's concept of the "Buddha Samurai") rather than the thinkers they exposed to the public.

  • Daniel James Brown

    The Journalist-In-Residence Lecture Series presents Daniel James Brown, New York Times bestselling author of "The Boys in the Boat". "The Boys in the Boat" celebrates the 1936 U.S. men's Olympic eight-oar rowing team-nine working class boys who stormed the rowing world, transformed the sport, and galvanized the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers from the American West, the boys took on and defeated successive echelons of privilege and power.