Washington Post Opinion Writer E. J. Dionne will engage the campus in a discussion on national politics as well as the current state of journalism during a President’s Forum guest lecture on “Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea and the 2012 Election.” Dionne will speak on Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.
Dionne writes a twice-weekly opinion column for the Washington Post and is a regular contributor for the paper’s PostPartisan blog. In addition to serving as a government professor at Georgetown University, he is also a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution. As a political commentator, Dionne has been featured on numerous National Public Radio programs, ABC’s “This Week” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Prior to joining The Post in 1990, Dionne served as a political reporter for the New York Times. During his 14 years with the Times, he reported from Albany and Washington, as well as Beirut, Paris and Rome. In 1996, Dionne was named the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s annual Carey McWilliams Award to honor a major journalistic contribution to the understanding of politics. In 1997, the National Journal listed Dionne as one of the 25 most influential Washington journalists.
A prolific writer, Dionne has also authored four books, “Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right,” “Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge,” “They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate The Next Political Era,” and Los Angeles Times Book Prize winner and National Book Award nominee, “Why Americans Hate Politics.”
Dionne received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1973 and his PhD. from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1982, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, the President’s Forum Series is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members.