Political historian to give talk on polarization

MIDDLEBURY — Given recent developments in Washington, D.C., a talk this week at Middlebury College will have particular relevance.

On Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 p.m. Princeton University professor and CNN Political Analyst Julian E. Zelizer will explore the roots of our turbulent political scene. The talk, titled “Political Polarization and the Road to the Trump Presidency,” will take place in Dana Auditorium on College Street.

Zelizer, who is Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton, is considered by some to be one of the country’s leading political historians. He is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society” (2015), “Jimmy Carter” (2010), and, most recently, “The Presidency of Barack Obama: A First Historical Assessment” (2018). 

This lecture is sponsored by the National Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Middlebury College Phi Beta Kappa Chapter, and the History Department. There will be a book signing as well.

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