With Eagleton Institute's Spring Lineup of Speakers, 'It’s ALL Politics' … and then Some

With Eagleton Institute's Spring Lineup of Speakers, 'It’s ALL Politics' … and then Some

All programs are free and open to the public

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers political scientist David Redlawsk, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, will discuss his new book, Why Iowa? (University of Chicago Press, 2011) Tuesday, Feb. 8, 5:30 p.m. at Wood Lawn, 191 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick. Copies will be available for purchase and signing.

Redlawsk, who co-authored Why Iowa? with Caroline J. Tolbert and Todd Donovan, professors of political science at the University of Iowa and Western Washington University, respectively, will explain the political and cultural significance of the Iowa caucuses that “formally” launch the presidential nominating process – and help end the dream for many candidates.

Redlawsk earned a master’s degree and doctorate at Rutgers before returning to teach in 2009. He also taught at the University of Iowa and founded the university’s Hawkeye Poll.

Nicolle Wallace

Nicolle Wallace

Nicolle Wallace, political commentator and communications chief for President George W. Bush, will offer insights into inspiration for her novel, Eighteen Acres (Simon & Schuster, 2010), when presenting, “Life in the White House: Fact or Fiction,” at a Wednesday, March 30, signing, also at Wood Lawn. Wallace’s novel is about three powerful females at the top of their careers: the first female U.S. President, her chief of staff and a White House correspondent.

Besides serving under Bush, Wallace was a senior adviser to the McCain-Palin campaign.

The Eagleton Institute will kick off the spring semester segment of the “It’s ALL Politics” lecture series with a question-and-answer session with Rachel Maddow, whose self-titled program has become the centerpiece of MSNBC’s prime time lineup. The popular liberal political commentator hosted the cable channel’s State of the Union coverage. The Feb. 2 program at the Nicholas Music Center is fully subscribed.

Adhering to an “equal time” philosophy, Eagleton will offer Ross Douthat,  conservative New York Times online and op-ed columnist, who will discuss the marriage of religion and politics Monday, Feb. 28, in his presentation, “Moral Majority to Moral Minority: Politics in a De-Christianizing America.” Douthat will appear 7 p.m. at the Douglass Campus Center, 100 George Street, New Brunswick.

Previously, Douthat was a senior editor at The Atlantic and a blogger for theatlantic.com. He is the author of Privilege: Harvard and the Education of the Ruling Class (Hyperion, 2005) and co-author, with Reihan Salam, of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream (Doubleday, 2008). He is the film critic for The National Review.”

Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’ senior health and medical editor, will present, “Preparedness, Pandemic and Political Change,” Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m. at the Douglass Campus Center. He provides medical analysis and commentary for programs including World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America and Nightline.

Besser came to ABC News in 2009 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he directed the Coordinating Office for Terrorism Preparedness and Emergency Response. He also served as acting director for the CDC and acting administrator for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry from January to June 2009, during which time he led the CDC’s response to the H1N1 influenza outbreak.

Seating for these free public events is limited, especially at Wood Lawn. If you plan to attend, call 732-932-9384, ext. 331, or click here.

Major support for Eagleton Institute’s “It’s ALL Politics” lecture series is provided through the generosity of the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.


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