Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Ostrove Auditorium, Diamond Building
Join panelists E.J. Dionne, columnist for the Washington Post and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Eliana Johnson, Washington editor for National Review Magazine, and David Shribman, editor-in-chief for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for a discussion on the 2016 election, which in many ways has shattered the mold. This panel of experts will explore a host of topics: candidate strategy, voter attitudes and preferences, media nuances, and long-term implications. The discussion will help us understand the forces that led to these changes and what lies ahead for American politics.
About Our Panelists
E.J. Dionne Jr.
Columnist, The Washington Post
Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
E.J. Dionne Jr. joined the Washington Post in 1990 as a political reporter and has been writing a column for the Post since 1993. It is syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group and appears in more than 240 newspapers. He is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University, where he teaches in the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Government Department. Dionne analyzes politics weekly on NPR’s All Things Considered and is a regular analyst for MSNBC.
Mr. Dionne graduated from Harvard University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 1975, he went to work for the New York Times covering state, local, and national politics and also serving as a foreign correspondent. He reported from more than two dozen countries, including extended periods in Paris, Rome, and Beirut. His coverage of the Vatican was described by the Los Angeles Times as the best in two decades.
Mr. Dionne has served as vice president of the American Political Science Association and is chair of the editorial committee of Democracy journal. He is the author of six books and edited or coedited six other volumes. His Why Americans Hate Politics won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee. His most recent book, Why the Right Went Wrong, was published in January, 2016.
He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Mary Boyle. They have three children, James, Julia, and Margot.
Washington Editor, National Review Magazine
Eliana Johnson is Washington editor of National Review. She oversees all of National Review’s political coverage and serves as the organization’s lead reporter on the 2016 election.
Ms. Johnson has worked as a producer at the Fox News Channel, where she wrote scripts and produced specials, as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, and as a staff reporter for the New York Sun.
She graduated from Yale University with honors and holds a BA in History.
David M. Shribman
Editor-in-Chief, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
David M. Shribman has served as executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette since 2003. He came to Pittsburgh from the Boston Globe where he was assistant managing editor, columnist, and Washington bureau chief.
Mr. Shribman was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1995 for his coverage of Washington and the American political scene. He writes a weekly nationally syndicated column, “My Point,” and a biweekly column for the Globe and Mail in Canada.
Mr. Shribman was a regular panelist on the PBS show “Washington Week,” has appeared on both “Face the Nation” and “Meet the Press,” and is a frequent analyst for the BBC and CBC. He served as national political correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, covered Congress and national politics for the New York Times and was a member of the national staff of the Washington Star.
Mr. Shribman is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College and of the Board of Visitors of Dartmouth’s Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences. He is a member of the selection committee for the Profiles in Courage Award given by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and is chairman of the selection committee of the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award given by Colby College. He also sits on the national board of the Calvin Coolidge Foundation and holds four honorary degrees.
He has been married to Cindy Skrzycki, a University of Pittsburgh professor, for 36 years, and they have two grown daughters, Elizabeth and Natalie.