American politics is causing headaches across the country like there’s no tomorrow. Luckily, the always astute Contemporary Thought Speaker Series and the Department of Political Science will bring to campus two people who can make sense of it all this Thursday.
New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin and Run for Something co-founder Amanda Litman (WCAS ‘12) will speak on a panel discussion covering the state of American politics in 2018. The discussion will be moderated by associate professor of political science Laurel Harbridge-Yong, whose research focuses on partisanship in American politics.
“We’re very excited to hear Amanda and Jonathan talk about this unprecedented year in politics,” Trevor Lystad, vice president of finance for CTSS, said in the press release. “Their immense knowledge and experience in politics should provide an interesting and informative perspective to any politically-interested student or faculty member.”
Prior to joining the Times, Martin worked as a senior political writer for POLITICO, and he co-authored abestseller about the 2012 election titled The End of the Line: Romney vs. Obama: the 34 Days That Decided the Election.
Litman has risen from her position as editor-in-chief of NBN all the way to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, where she served as email director. She is currently working at Run For Something, an organization she co-founded to recruit young progressives to run for office. She also published a book of the same title offering encouragement and guidance to young people who are considering running for office.
The event, taking place in Annenberg G21 at 7 p.m. on April 19, does not require tickets. It is open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis.