The Marist Institute for Public Opinion is holding a free four-part speakers’ series this spring focused on the 50th anniversary of one of the most tumultuous years in American politics: 1968. The series ties into a course taught on campus this semester, “1968: The Year that Rocked American Politics.”
The series kicks off on Thursday, March 22, 5 p.m., with Washington Post columnist E.J Dionne Jr. Dionne, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, is the author of many books, including One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported.
Former New York Times columnist and NBC correspondent Bob Herbert will speak on April 5. Herbert is the writer and producer of the film Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class. As a columnist he wrote frequently about issues of race.
Documentarian Lynn Novick will be the speaker on April 19. Novick co-produced and co-directed the PBS documentary The Vietnam War with Ken Burns.
The series concludes on April 26 with television journalist Jeff Greenfield. Greenfield served a speechwriter to Robert F. Kennedy and is the author of If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History. He is the former senior political correspondent for CBS, former senior analyst for CNN, and former political and media analyst for ABC News.
All events will be held on Thursdays in the Hancock Center, room 2023, 5 p.m. The events are free and open to the public, but registration is required and seating is limited. Click here to register.