Speaker Series (Winter 2014)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12: Dissecting the 2014 Midterms

6 p.m. Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St.

Which party will reign supreme on Capitol Hill? That’s the question central to the 2014 midterm elections. Republicans are fighting to maintain a majority in the House, and as election season forges on, control of the Senate is becoming less certain. The midterms will also be the first political test since the rollout of President Obama’s signature health care legislation. So what’s ahead for the parties, the candidates and the President in 2014? CNN’s John King led a lively and insightful conversation with MSNBC’s Perry Bacon, NBC News political reporter Kasie Hunt, ABC New Political Director Rick Klein and the Wall Street Journal’s Beth Reinhard.

MONDAY, MARCH 7: Ukraine & Russia: On the Brink
12:00 p.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Unrest in Ukraine has been escalating for months, but the tensions reached new heights last week following the sudden ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Russia responded by seizing control of Crimea—a Ukrainian peninsula in the Black Sea.  Now President Obama is threatening economic sanctions unless Russia stands down. With tensions simmering and the region on the brink of war, what’s next in Ukraine? What’s driving the conflict? And what’s at stake for Russia, Ukraine, the United States and Europe? University of Chicago Professor Stanislav Markus joined us to offer his insights on the current standoff. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 6: Leading America’s Big Cities in the 21st Century: Feat. Mayors Bill DeBlasio, Rahm Emanuel, Eric Garcetti, and Kasim Reed
6 p.m. International House Assembly Hall, 1414 E. 59th St.

If the post-World War II era resulted in pervasive suburbanization, the post-recession age has born witness to a vibrant urban revival. Metropolitan areas in the Great Recession’s aftermath are experiencing unprecedented population expansion, with growth rates surpassing that of suburban and rural areas for the first time since the 1920s. Yet in the face of twenty-first century urban renewal, urban leaders must confront uniquely twenty-first century challenges. Mayors Bill DeBlasio, Rahm Emanuel, Eric Garcetti, and Kasim Reed discussed the most pressing issues facing today’s urban leaders, and how great American cities can flourish in the twenty-first century and beyond. This event was co-sponsored by the International House Global Voices Program.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5: CNN's Jeff Zucker: The 24-Hour News Cycle and the Evolution of Television News
10:00 a.m. Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St.

For the past year, CNN has been under the leadership of Jeff Zucker. The new president has cancelled “Piers Morgan Live," resurrected “Crossfire”, and made plans for the network to increase production of original films and docu-series. So, what is CNN’s role in an increasingly partisan cable news landscape? And how can broadcast news compete with the Internet? Institute of Politics Director, David Axelrod, had an off-the-record conversation with CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, about his career and the future of CNN.

FRIDAY, FEB. 28: Beth Myers and Ana Navarro: Old, Straight White Guys Ain't What They Used To Be -- So What's the GOP Going to Do About It?
11:30 a.m., Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, 5710 South Woodlawn Ave.

 

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26: How to Draw the Maps: Redistricting Reform in American Politics
6:00 p.m. Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St.

A panel of leading experts, analysts and advocates joined the Institute of Politics for How to Draw the Maps: Redistricting Reform in American Politics, a lively and insightful conversation about one of the most fundamental – and contentious – issues in politics today. President and CEO of Change Illinois Ryan Blitstein, assistant professor of political science at the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor Jowei Chen, University of Chicago Law professor Nicholas Stephanopoulos, and the Cook Political Report's House editor David Wasserman addressed these questions and more with moderator Alex Seitz-Wald from the National Journal.

 

MONDAY, FEB. 24: Chicago Style: Senator Heather Steans
6:00 p.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19: A Conversation with Colombian Ambassador to the U.S., Luis Carlos Villegas
10:00 a.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Colombian Ambassador to the United States Luis Carlos Villegas came to campus to discuss the rise of Colombia as a major economic power in Latin America, the recent free trade agreement implemented between the two countries, and the peace talks being held in Cuba to end Colombia's war with the Marxist FARC rebels.

THURSDAY, FEB. 13: Former U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu
7:00 p.m. Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St.

University of Chicago students, as well as members of the public, were invited to attend a speech by renowned physicist and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu.

THURSDAY, FEB. 13: The U.S. and Cuba: What is Public Opinion Today?
12:00 p.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Many observers have signaled that 2014 could mark a unique moment of opportunity and inflection for the Obama administration and its ability to act on Cuba. Changing demographics and new stakeholders could create an increasingly bipartisan coalition that supports meaningful changes in our relationship with Cuba.  Pollster Paul Maslin joined us for the launch of the first national poll that centers solely on American attitudes towards US-Cuba relations, providing new insight into US attitudes regarding individual strands of the Cuba embargo. 

TUESDAY, FEB. 11: Chicago Style: Capitol Fax's Rich Miller
6:00 p.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave.

Rich Miller, the sole creator, writer and publisher of Capitol Fax, a daily online political newsletter joined us in a frank, off-the-record conversation. Started in 1993, Capitol Fax is a must-read for policymakers, lobbyists and journalists in the Statehouse.

MONDAY, FEB. 10: Pop Culture & the Presidency: What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched & Obama Tweeted
12:00 p.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. 

In celebration of his newly published book, "What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of Popular Culture in the White House", Dr. Tevi Troy joined us for a public conversation about his book and his insights on presidential history. 

FRIDAY, FEB. 7: Reince Priebus: The Republican Party in 2014
12:00 p.m. Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St.

With the Republican Party hoping for big victories in the 2014 midterm elections, RNC chairman Reince Priebus joined us for an off-the-record talk with Institute Director David Axelrod. 

THURSDAY, FEB. 6: Fellows Seminar with Steve Hilton 
4:30 p.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. 
Winter Quarter visiting fellow Steve Hilton, a former strategist to British Prime Minister David Cameron, discussed early childhood education in the U.K. and what the U.S. could learn from our friends across the pond.  

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5: World Beyond the Headlines: U.S. & Russia Relations w/Ambassador Ian Kelly
6:00 p.m. Swift Lecture Hall, 1025 E. 58th St. 
Ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, relations between the United States and Russia are arguably their chilliest since the end of the Cold War. From differences over Syria and Ukraine, to disagreements over NATO and gay rights, the relationship is frequently marked by mistrust and competition.  So, what’s driving the divide?  And where is it headed? Ambassador Ian Kelly provided us with an inside look at these and many other questions.  This event was co-sponsored by the Center for International Studies’ World Beyond the Headlines Series and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 5: Fellows Seminar with Steve Hilton 
4:30 p.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. 
Winter Quarter visiting fellow Steve Hilton, a former strategist to British Prime Minister David Cameron, discussed reforming the Conservative Party in the UK. 

MONDAY, FEB. 3: Inside the NSA Review Panel with Geoffrey Stone 
6:00pm-7:15pm, Quadrangle Club, 1155 E. 57th St. 
Watch video of the program below.

Since Edward Snowden publically revealed the existence of the NSA’s domestic data collection and surveillance programs last year, a national debate has erupted over personal privacy and national security. How did we get here?  And what’s at stake for individuals and the government?  NSA review panel member and University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone took us behind the scenes of the panel’s deliberations and inside the NSA’s surveillance operation.

FRIDAY, JAN. 31: Introduction to Campaigns and Campaign Opportunities, Led by National Campaign Experts 
9:30am-12:30pm, Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave
Students interested in working on political campaigns either here in Chicago or in their home states gathered for a workshop where experts will gave an overiew of elections nationwide, provided tips for how to make an impact on a campaign, and identified opportunities to get involved in campaigns here in Chicago or back home. This workshop covered everything from how to find and join a campaign to definitions of campaign roles to introductions to current candidates.

THURSDAY, JAN. 30: Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!
7:30 p.m. Mandel Hall, 1131 E. 57th St., 5812 South Ellis Ave. 

The University of Chicago hosted a special free taping of the popular NPR news quiz Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! for UChicago students and the general public. It was the show's first-ever recording on campus at Mandel Hall.
During the UChicago recording of Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell led a comedic review of the week’s news. Comedian Faith Salie, author Tom Bodett and humorist Mo Rocca were the featured panelists for the UChicago recording. A celebrity guest also helped one of the show’s listeners compete for the most coveted prize in public radio: a custom-recorded voicemail greeting by Carl Kasell.
A co-production of NPR News and Chicago Public Media, Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me! is one of NPR’s most popular programs, reaching more than 3.3 million radio listeners and 660 NPR member stations with its irreverent review of the week’s news. Now in its 16th year, the show records episodes before a live audience in downtown Chicago and elsewhere around the country. The Chicago production is a popular event for UChicago students, who regularly organize group trips to the show.
This event was co-sponsored by UChicago’s Institute of Politics, Campus and Student Life, the Office of Civic Engagement, UChicago Engages, University Communications and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29: Winter Fellows Sue Kelly and Lincoln Davis: Our Paths to Congress and the Virtues of Public Service 
4:30 p.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. 
The two former members of Congress discussed how they were able to forge successful careers in public service. 

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 29: IOP Student Session with Nancy-Ann DeParle 
3 p.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. 

The architect of ObamaCare, Nancy-Ann DeParle, came to the IOP house for an informal conversation about the process of forming, passing, and implementing the administration's sweeping health care reforms. 

TUESDAY, JAN. 28: State of the Union Watch Party and Discussion 
8:00 p.m., Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. 
Students, joined by Winter Quarter fellows and former Congressional Reps. Sue Kelly and Lincoln Davis, gathered at the IOP house to watch President Obama's address to Congress and react to it afterwards.  

TUESDAY, JAN. 28: Fellows Seminar, Sue Kelly and Lincoln Davis - Death of the Earmark: Has the Reduction of "Pork" Made Congress Harder to Lead? 4:30 p.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. 
The two former congressmen focused on the controversial use of earmarks on Capitol Hill. 

MONDAY, JAN. 27: Fellows Seminar, Sue Kelly and Lincoln Davis - The Shrinking Middle & The Future of Bipartisanship 
4:30 p.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave.
The two former members of Congress discussed if there is any hope for bipartisan cooperation in the nation's capital. 

SATURDAY, JAN. 25: Careers in Public Service: Everything You Need to Know 10:00 a.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 S. Woodlawn Ave. 
UChicago students interested in pursuing careers in public service attended this workshop with Dillan Siegler, Director for Partnerships and Engagement and founder of the UChicago Careers in Public and Social Service (UCIPSS). Siegler walked students through strategies and approaches to developing a career in this sector. 

THURSDAY, JAN. 16 - Covert Affairs: Communicating Our Nation’s Deepest Secrets 
6:30 p.m. Harris School of Public Policy Auditorium, 1155 E. 60th St. 
Watch video of the program below.


Tommy Vietor, Institute of Politics Visiting Fellow and former National Security Council Spokesman for the Obama administration, joined his colleague and former Pentagon Press Secretary George Little for an inside look at national security communications from “behind the podium.” Vietor and Little explored the inherent tension between the public’s right to know and the crucially covert nature of national security operations, drawing on their first-hand experiences with the U.S. military raid on Osama bin Laden, the Iranian nuclear negotiations, and the NSA surveillance programs. The two former spokesman took their audience behind the scenes as these events unfolded, offering an inside look at the deliberations over which details could and should be revealed to the American public. 

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15 - UChicago MLK Celebration 2014 
6 p.m. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. 
Watch video of the program below.

Featuring a keynote address by Deval Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 2006, and member of the IOP Board of Advisors. 

MONDAY, JAN. 13 - On Grace & Politics: A Conversation with Anna Deavere Smith and Toni Preckwinkle
7 p.m. Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St.
Watch video of the program below.

A public conversation on the theme of grace between the actress/playwright Anna Deavere Smith and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Moderated by David Axelrod. The event was co-sponsored by the Institute of Politics, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, and UChicago Arts.

FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 2014 - Screening of "Inequality for All" with special guest Robert Reich 
7 p.m. Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall, 915 E. 60th St.
In the wake of the U.S. economic crisis, the widening gap between the rich and the poor has gained unprecedented public awareness. University of California-Berkeley professor and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich visited to the IOP to screen his film "Inequality for All" and discuss how the extreme inequality we are now facing has roots in economic and policy changes that began over 30 years ago. Through newly shot and archival footage and innovative graphics, we learn how we got here and where we are headed if we don’t act soon. Punctuated by moments that allow us to know Reich personally, we also see his unwavering passion to return our society to one in which the American dream is possible for everyone. Reich joined us for a question and answer session immediately following the screening.
Watch the trailer here: http://bit.ly/14HyLA3.
For more information on the flim, visit: https://www.facebook.com/InequalityForAll
This event was co-sponsored by Common Cause Illinois.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 8, 2014 - The Impact of Health Reform on the Doctor-Patient Relationship, with Elbert Huang, director of the Center for Translational and Policy Research of Chronic Diseases
12 p.m. P-117, UChicago Hospitals, Billings Auditorium, 5812 South Ellis Ave.
This event was co-sponsored by the University of Chicago's MacLean Center and the Institute of Politics.

TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014 - Chicago Style: Illinois State Representative Lou Lang
6:30 p.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 South Woodlawn Ave.
The Chicago Style series continued with Illinois State Representative and House Deputy Majority Leader, Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

TUESDAY, JAN. 7, 2014 - A Conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Sweden and Mrs. Natalia Brzezinski 
12 p.m. Institute of Politics, 5707 South Woodlawn Ave.

U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden Mark Brzezinski and his wife, Natalia Brzezinski, who is an international affairs journalist and co-creator of the first official U.S. embassy blog, visited to the IOP to discuss how diplomacy works under the Obama administration.