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Saturday, October 15 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Politics: Is This Any Way to Elect a President?

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This election season has been quite a ride. From unease, if not outright horror, over the candidates to structural issues with our democracy, four scholars and commentators will try to make sense out of our political process in general and this election in particular. Join Ellen Fitzpatrick, author of The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency; Joy-Ann Reid, author of Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide; Alexander Keyssar, author of the forthcoming Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College?; and McKay Coppins, author of The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party’s Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House, for an intelligent and spirited conversation. Anthony Brooks, senior political reporter at WBUR, will moderate, with ample opportunity for audience involvement. Sponsored by WBUR.

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Anthony Brooks

Anthony Brooks is WBUR’s senior political reporter. Previously, Brooks was co-host of Radio Boston, WBUR’s local news and talk show. For many years, Brooks worked as a Boston-based reporter for NPR, covering regional issues across New England, including politics, the economy... Read More →

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McKay Coppins

McKay Coppins is a senior writer for the BuzzFeed News politics team. In 2012, he was named one of Forbes’s “30 Under 30” media pundits and one of Politico’s ten “breakout reporters.” Prior to joining BuzzFeed to cover the 2012 presidential campaign, Coppins wrote for... Read More →
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Ellen Fitzpatrick

Ellen Fitzpatrick is a scholar of modern American intellectual and political history and a professor of history at the University of New Hampshire. Her work includes Letters to Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation, a New York Times bestseller that was adapted into a documentary... Read More →
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Alexander Keyssar

Alexander Keyssar is the Matthew W. Stirling, Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, specializing in the relationship between historical dynamics and contemporary policy decisions. He is the author of several works... Read More →
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Joy-Ann Reid

Joy-Ann Reid is an author, journalist, and political commentator. Now a national correspondent for MSNBC, she was previously host of The Reid Report, a daily program analyzing the day’s news, as well as managing editor of theGrio.com, a daily online news and opinion platform devoted... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
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