New York Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd will visit Kenyon to discuss the 2016 presidential election Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Rosse Hall. The event will be livestreamed.
Dowd is the winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary and has written for the op-ed page of the New York Times since 1995. Over her 33-year tenure as a columnist and reporter for the Times, she has covered seven presidential campaigns and served as White House correspondent. Her work also has appeared in GQ, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated, among other publications. She is an equal-opportunity critic, skewering politicians from both sides of the aisle with her acerbic prose.
"Maureen Dowd, a celebrated op-ed columnist for the New York Times, is renowned for her witty, cogent observations of American politics and society,” said Assistant Professor of Political Science Jacqueline McAllister, who submitted the proposal to the Faculty Lectureships program to bring the columnist to campus. “She has also extensively covered both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. The event will thus provide the Kenyon community with a firsthand, critical look at the race."
“She is provocative and generates incredibly intriguing conversations,” McAllister added. “She will be great for pushing us all to think even more critically about an incredibly important presidential race.”
In addition to her regular column with the Times, Dowd is the author of three books, most recently The Year of Voting Dangerously, a collection of columns and essays released in September that examines the tumultuous 2016 campaign.
The live-streamed conversation will be moderated by veteran journalist Carl Hulse, the chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times. People are invited to submit questions on Twitter before and during the event using #AskMaureenDowd.
This event is free and open to the public. After the conversation, Dowd will sign copies of The Year of Voting Dangerously, which is available for sale at the Kenyon College Bookstore, during a reception in Storer Hall’s Stroud Lobby.