Former congressman, author to speak about Washington gridlock

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM

Former U.S. Rep. Mickey Edwards, will present proposals for breaking political gridlock in Washington during a lecture the day after the 2012 election. The event is free and open to the public.

Mickey Edwards

The lecture will be held in the Chapman Hall lecture hall.

Edwards served in Congress for 16 years and was a chairman of the House Republican leadership’s policy committee. After leaving Washington in 1993, he taught at Harvard for 11 years, where he was voted the Kennedy School's most outstanding teacher, and at Princeton for five years.

Edwards currently runs a political leadership program for elected officials as vice president of the Aspen Institute and teaches defense and foreign policy at George Washington University. He served for five years as national chairman of the American Conservative Union and the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. He is a director of The Constitution Project and has chaired task forces for the Council on Foreign Relations and the Brookings Institution.

Edwards has been a regular political commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered. His newspaper columns have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, for which he has been a regular weekly columnist. He authored Reclaiming Conservatism (2008) and coauthored Winning the Influence Game: What Every Business Leader Should Know About Government (2001) and Financing America’s Leadership: Protecting American Interests and Promoting American Values (1997). His newest book, published this summer by Yale University Press and already attracting a great deal of media attention, is The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans.

Signed copies of Edwards’ new book will be available for purchase at the lecture, which is cosponsored by the TU Departments of Political Science and History as well as the Office of the Dean of Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Robert Donaldson