Speaker Series (Fall 2013)

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11 - Health Care Reform & ACA Series: Austan Goolsbee on "Health Care and the Economy"

Noon. The University of Chicago Hospitals, Billings Auditorium P-117, 5812 S. Ellis Ave.
This event was co-sponsored by the University of Chicago's MacLean Center and the Institute of Politics. For over 30 years, the MacLean Center has sponsored a seminar series that has examined one key issue in health care each year. This year's series is on Ethical Issues in Health Care Reform. The lecturer on Dec. 11 was Austan Goolsbee,  an economist and the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at the Booth School of Business. He recently returned to Chicago after completing his service as chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from 20010-2011. Goolsbee currently served as chief economist for the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, where he helped guide the administration’s response to the economic crisis. Previously in 2004, Goolsbee advised Barack Obama in his Senate race and was the senior economic advisor to the 2008 Obama presidential campaign.

THURSDAY, DEC. 5 - Lunch with Former Kansas State Representative Raj Goyle
Noon. Institute of Politics House, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave.
We hosted an informal lunch conversation with Raj Goyle, Senior Advisor to the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation and Director of the Rubin Family Office, where he advises on philanthropic, political and financial matters. Goyle served two terms in the Kansas State House, where he became the first Democrat in history to represent the district after defeating a three-term Republican incumbent in 2006. In 2010, he was the Democratic Party’s nominee for Kansas’ 4th U.S. Congressional District. Prior to his time in the Kansas Legislature, Goyle worked at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., where he led projects on a range of domestic policy issues and his work was featured in leading publications, including the Yale Law and Policy Journal and the Sunday New York Times. Goyle graduated from Harvard Law School and Duke University.

MONDAY, NOV. 25 - The Honorable Joe Biden
2 p.m. University of Chicago's Alumni House, 5555 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Approximately 60 University of Chicago graduate and undergraduate students, along with approximately 20 University staff and administrative leaders, attended an informal, off-the-record discussion with Vice President Joe Biden hosted by the Institute of Politics.  The event took place at the University of Chicago’s Alumni House.  Institute Director David Axelrod introduced Vice President Biden and posed a few opening questions, and then opened it up to questions from the students.

THURSDAY, NOV. 21 - Mark Halperin & John Heilemann—Double Down: Game Change 2012
6 p.m. Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St.
Watch video of the program below.


Mark Halperin and
John Heilemann set the national conversation on fire with their bestselling account of the 2008 presidential election, Game Change. In Double Down, they apply their unparalleled access and storytelling savvy to the 2012 election, rendering an equally compelling narrative about the circuslike Republican nomination fight, the rise and fall of Mitt Romney, and the trials, tribulations, and Election Day triumph of Barack Obama. Halperin and Heilemann joined us to talk about their new book, as well as about their careers.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20 - Richard Reeves & David Axelrod: The Legacy of JFK, 50 Years After His Assassination
6 p.m. Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St.
Watch video of the program below.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Richard Reeves joined Institute Director David Axelrod for an in-depth interview about JFK and his impact on American politics. The conversation explored the successes and failures of the Kennedy Administration during its nearly three years in office and also asked the question: What might have become of the Kennedy presidency—and the nation—had the assassination never happened?

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 20 - Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Bully Pulpit
4:30 p.m. Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St.
Doris Kearns Goodwin is one of America’s foremost presidential historians and biographers, having authored multiple New York Times best-sellers, including Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, The Fitzgeralds and The Kennedys; No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II; Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir; and Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Here, Kearns Goodwin—a member of the IOP's Board of Advisors—spoke about previous works, as well as her most recent book The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft & the Golden Age of Journalism, a masterful and deeply insightful study of presidents—freshly told through the decades-long and complicated friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

TUESDAY, NOV. 19 - "Four Score and Seven Years Ago...” A Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Delivery of the Gettysburg Address
4:30 p.m. Social Sciences Building Room 122, 1126 E. 59th St.
Sponsored by the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture and the UChicago Institute of Politics
Watch video of the reading of the address by IOP student leader Christopher Huff.

Readings of the address by Charles Newell and Christopher Huff, and commentaries by Jane Dailey, Franklin I. Gamwell, John Mark Hansen, Dennis J. Hutchinson, Ralph Lerner, Eric Slauter, and Rosanna Warren

THURSDAY NOV. 14 - MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough & The Right Path: A Conversation with David Axelrod
11:30 a.m. Ida Noyes Hall Cloister Club, 1212 E. 59th St.
This event was part of Democracy Week, presented with the generous support of the Joyce Foundation.
Watch video of the program below.

Joe Scarborough—former Republican congressman and the always insightful host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe—joined us for a conversation about his new book, his life and career. About the book: The Right Path, Scarborough looks back in time to discern how Republicans once dominated American public life. From Eisenhower’s refusal to let “the perfect be the enemy of the good” to Reagan’s charismatic but resolutely practical genius, Scarborough shows how principled pragmatism, combined with a commitment to core conservative values, led to victory after victory. Now, however, political incalcitrance is threatening to turn a once-mighty party into a permanent minority. The Right Path effortlessly blends American political history with astute analysis and pithy, no-holds-barred commentary. Both a bracing call to arms and a commonsense history, The Right Path provides an illuminating look at conservatism and its discontents—and why the GOP must regain its former tone and tradition if it hopes to survive.

TUESDAY, NOV. 12 - Lessons from Emerging Democracies: A Conversation with the Croatian and Lithuanian Ambassadors to the U.S. 
12 p.m. Institute of Politics House, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave.
This event was part of Democracy Week, presented with the generous support of the Joyce Foundation.
The Institute of Politics presented an informal discussion with Croatian and Lithuanian ambassadors to the U.S. (Joško Paro and ┼Żygimantas Pavilionis). The session was off the record and closed to the press. The ambassadors offered 15-20 minutes of opening remarks and then answered questions from students.

MONDAY, NOV. 11 - Is 21st Century Media Hurting Democracy?
6 p.m. Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St.
This event was part of Democracy Week, presented with the generous support of the Joyce Foundation.
Watch video of the program below.

From the explosion of the Twitter-verse and the political blogosphere to the round-the-clock chatter of cable news, the American public is awash in a flurry of political coverage. But what impact are the expanded pace and platforms of American media having on the quality of our politics in the 21st century? As part of our week-long look at democracy today, IOP Director David Axelrod led an in-depth look at the future of the fourth estate and its impact on politics and policy. Featuring Stephanie Cutter, partner at Precision Strategies, co-host of CNN's Crossfire and former Deputy Campaign Manager for President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign; Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard; and Howard Wolfson, New York City's Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs and Communications.

MONDAY, NOV. 11 - Special Guest U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill at Robin Carnahan's Fellows Seminar, "Running for Office in a Purple State"
12:30 p.m. Harris School Lecture Hall, 1155 E. 60th St.
This event was part of Democracy Week, presented with the generous support of the Joyce Foundation.
Carnahan continued her seminar series, "Democracy 2.0." She discussed with Sen. Claire McCaskill: In purple states such as Ohio, Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado, how can left- or right-leaning candidates achieve appeal across the political spectrum?

THURSDAY, NOV. 7 - Evan Bayh at Chicago Harris
1 p.m. Chicago Harris, Student Lounge, 1155 E. 60th St.
The Institute of Politics and the Chicago Harris Center on Policy Entrepreneurship presented a conversation with Evan Bayh, former U.S. Senator from Indiana (1999-2011) and 46th Governor of Indiana (1989-1997). Bayh discussed politics, government, and gridlock, and took questions. After serving as Secretary of State of Indiana from 1986-1989, Evan Bayh was elected Governor at age 33 with the highest percentage of the vote in any statewide election in Indiana history. He held an approval rating of nearly 80 percent by the end of his second  term. In 1998, Bayh won the United States Senate seat in Indiana once held by his father, Birch Bayh, by more than 60 percent of the vote, the largest margin ever recorded in a U.S. Senate race in Indiana. A leading moderate Democrat, he served from 2001-2005 as the Chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council. Bayh, who in 2006 announced he would not run for president in 2008, was widely considered to be one of President Obama's top picks for Vice President.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6 - The New York Times’ David Sanger on Syria, Iran & the NSA
7 p.m. Institute of Politics House, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Watch video of the program below.

Award-winning New York Times’ Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger shared his insights and latest reporting on vital national security issues of our time, including Syria, Iran and the NSA. In his nearly three decades at the Times, Sanger has specialized in foreign policy, national security and the politics of globalization, earning as reputation one of the nation’s most insightful and respected journalists. He is the author of the New York Times best-selling books Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and the Surprising Use of American Power (2012) and The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power (2009). Twice he has been a member of Times reporting teams that won the Pulitzer Prize. Sanger was interviewed by David Axelrod.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 6 - Budget Brinkmanship: Showdowns, Shutdowns & What’s Next for U.S. Fiscal Policy?
12 p.m. Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St.
For UChicago students only. Less than a month after the U.S. government shutdown, the question remains: what’s next in the battle over the federal budget and U.S. fiscal priorities? And what’s at stake in the short-term—and the long-term—for our economy, our government and our politics? We explored those questions and the forces at play in this contentious, high-stakes debate with two of the most knowledgeable members of Congress: House Chief Deputy Whip, Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), and the Ranking Minority Member of the House Budget Chris Van Hollen (D-MD). The conversation was moderated by The Wall Street Journal's Jerry Seib.

MONDAY, NOV. 4 - Conversation with Gov. Lincoln Chafee
12 p.m. Ida Noyes Hall Lounge & Library, 1212 E. 59th St.
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee joined us for a conversation on his life and career with IOP Director David Axelrod. Axelrod introduced and interviewed the governor, and then opened it up to questions from the audience. Elected the 75th governor of Rhode Island in 2010, Chafee has signed marriage equality into law, and spearheaded health care reform and launched green infrastructure initiatives.  Chafee entered politics as an elected delegate to the Rhode Island Constitutional Convention, served four terms as Mayor of Warwick, R.I., and then served seven years as a U.S. Senator. In his memoir, Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President, Chafee described his opposition to Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy as well as to the Iraq War. Though elected to the U.S. Senate as a Republican, Chafee formally broke with his party to become an Independent. More recently, he officially became a Democrat after determining that his ideals and views on issues more closely aligned with those of the Democratic Party.

TUESDAY, NOV. 5 - Chicago Style: Debra Shore & the Politics of Water
6 p.m. Institute of Politics House, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago is at the center of an international debate over the future of the global water supply. That's in part because the Great Lakes are home to one fifth of all the fresh surface water in the world. How the Chicago region manages its own water resources will have a big impact on the international debate over water resources and scarcity in the 21st century. We got an off-the-record, inside look at the politics of water with Debra Shore, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Shore has been a leading voice on the MWRD, which engineered the reversal of the Chicago River more than 100 years ago and manages stormwater, drainage and flooding issues region-wide today. A long-time environmental activist and conservationist, Shore first won election to the MWRD in 2006, and is also a member of the Illinois Women's Institute for Leadership and the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 30 - CNN's Jake Tapper—The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor
6 p.m. Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St.
Watch video of the program below.

Tapper's author talk was followed by a Q&A with Institute Director David Axelrod and the audience, as well as a book signing. About the book: At 5:58 a.m. on October 3rd, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating, located in frighteningly vulnerable terrain in Afghanistan just 14 miles from the Pakistani border, was viciously attacked. Though the 53 Americans there prevailed against nearly 400 Taliban fighters, their casualties made it the deadliest fight of the war for the U.S. that year. Four months after the battle, a Pentagon review revealed that there was no reason for the troops at Keating to have been there in the first place. In The Outpost, CNN's Jake Tapper gives us the powerful saga of COP Keating, from its establishment to eventual destruction, introducing us to an unforgettable cast of soldiers and their families, and to a place and war that has remained profoundly distant to most Americans. A runaway bestseller, it makes a savage war real, and American courage manifest.

TUESDAY, OCT. 29 - Five Years Later: A Financial Crisis Symposium
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Venue SIX10 at the Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan Ave.
The Institute of Politics and the Paulson Institute convened a program titled, "Five Years Later: A Financial Crisis Symposium," a day of discussion with a distinguished group of business, government and other leaders who navigated the 2008 financial crisis. Watch videos from the event: Panel 1: 2008 Revisited | Panel 2: Up & Down Wall Street | Panel 3: The Politics of Crisis Response | Panel 4: 
Keynote Address by Mervyn King | Panel 5: Reforming the System | Panel 6: Where Are We Now?See photos of the daylong program.