Newman University, Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies host nationally known author and commentator E.J. Dionne Oct. 26

Sep 28, 2010

Nationally known columnist, author and political commentator E.J. Dionne, Jr. will visit Newman University to speak on health care reform at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 26. The event will take place in the Performance Hall, with overflow seating and a video feed in Jabara Flexible Theatre, both inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus. The appearance is hosted by The Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies at Newman University.

E.J. Dionne, Jr.Dionne is a Washington Post columnist on national policy and politics, whose twice-weekly column is syndicated to more than 100 newspapers in the United States and abroad. He is also a Georgetown University professor, The Brookings Institution senior fellow, and a regular commentator on National Public Radio, ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He is acclaimed for his keen insights into American politics and the shifting trends of public sentiment, as well as his reasoned analysis of people, politics and events, which is followed by policy-makers across the ideological spectrum nationwide. He firmly believes that America is about to enter a new progressive era featuring government reform and renewed civic activism.

Before joining The Post in 1990 as a reporter covering national politics, he spent 14 years with The New York Times, where he reported on state and local government, national politics, and international news from stints in Paris, Rome and Beirut. The Los Angeles Times called his coverage of the Vatican the best in two decades. He is the author of several books, including Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right (2008), Stand Up, Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge (2004) and They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate The Next Political Era (1996). His bestseller Why Americans Hate Politics (1991) won the Los Angeles Times book prize and was a National Book Award nominee.

Tickets to the lecture are $10 per person, or $5 for Newman students with student ID. Reservations are required. RSVP to [email protected] or order online. For more information, contact Jamey Findling at [email protected], or 316-942-4291, ext. 2798, or visit  The Gerber Institute for Catholic Studies.

UPDATE 10/21/10: This event is now free and open to the public. Reservations are no longer required.