Lawrence O’Donnell on How the 1968 Election Transformed America

Date(s) - 01/24/18
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Quadrangle Club, University of Chicago

Hosted by
Institute of Politics

Lawrence O’Donnell on How the 1968 Election Transformed America

Wed, January 24, 2018 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

Join the IOP for a conversation with Lawrence O’Donnell, host of The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC. His new book Playing With Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics, chronicles the drama and controversy surrounding the election that served as a political awakening for an entire generation of Americans. Examining the frenzied climate that produced political assassinations and riots at the Democratic National Convention that was held in Chicago, O’Donnell’s account describes “a system, and a country, coming apart at the seams in real time.”

Mr. O’Donnell is an Emmy Award-winning executive producer and writer for his work on The West Wing. He began his political career by serving as senior advisor to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), before becoming chief of staff to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works and later the Senate Finance Committee. Before entering politics, Mr. O’Donnell was a writer for the New York Times and Washington Post.

This conversation will be moderated by James Warren, Chief Media Writer for the Poynter Institute. Mr. Warren is the former managing editor and Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Tribune, as well as a contributor to The Atlantic, Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, and more.