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Saturday, October 13 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Caught in the Middle: The Other America

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On November 9, 2016, many of us East Coast liberals woke up to the notion that there are a lot of people who do not share our experience of the world. Join us to discuss what we’ve been missing, because it turns out to be important to the future of our country. Sarah Kendzior, a journalist and a scholar, lives in the Midwest and writes about its decline in the NYT bestseller The View from Flyover Country. Ben Bradlee, Jr., in The Forgotten, writes about one county in Pennsylvania that serves as a microcosm of the nation. The county went for Obama twice, but then voted overwhelmingly for Trump. And, in Prius or Pickup?, political scientist Jonathan Weiler draws on original research to show that our political differences stem from personality differences that color our worldview. Poet Austin Smith, who grew up on an Illinois dairy farm, will start us off with a reading from his collection, Flyover Country. Midwesterner and cohost of WBUR’s Here & Now, Jeremy Hobson, will moderate this timely and urgent conversation.

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Jeremy Hobson

Jeremy Hobson is the cohost of Here & Now, a midday news magazine show on WBUR and NPR. He conducts nearly two thousand interviews a year on a range of topics, speaking with world leaders, governors and members of Congress, as well as actors, musicians, business leaders, athletes... Read More →

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Ben Bradlee Jr.

Ben Bradlee Jr. began his career as a journalist and spent twenty-five years at the Boston Globe. As deputy managing editor of the Globe, Bradlee supervised the Pulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight team investigation into sexual abuse by priests in the Boston archdiocese. In the film... Read More →
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Sarah Kendzior

Sarah Kendzior is a celebrated journalist who is working to decode the effect and influence of the Trump administration on the Midwest. Kendzior writes about US politics for the Globe and Mail and regularly contributes to Fast Company and NBC News. A former op-ed columnist for Al... Read More →
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Austin Smith

Austin Smith is an award-winning poet and professor. He has published three chapbooks: In the Silence of the Migrated Birds, Wheat and Distance, and Instructions for How to Put an Old Horse Down. His first collection, Almanac, was chosen by Paul Muldoon for the Princeton Series of... Read More →
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Jonathan Weiler

Jonathan Weiler is an educator and academic and a nonfiction writer and sports blogger. Since 2005, Weiler has taught at the University of North Carolina, where he has taught courses on European politics, human rights, and Russian politics. He is also the director of Graduate Studies... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm EDT
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116, USA