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Public Policy Lecture Series

In 2008, MCLA announced the establishment of the Public Policy lecture series, making public policy forums an ongoing part of the College's long-term speaker offerings, in complement to MCLA's major in political science and public policy.  The series is made possible through the generosity of the Ruth Proud Charitable Trust. 

 

7th Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture

Jeffrey Toobin

Jeffrey Toobin



Thursday, November 16, 2017
7 p.m.
Church Street Center, Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium

Free and Open to the Public
Information: 413.662.5224

A high-profile senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin is one of the country’s most esteemed experts on politics, media and the law. With unparalleled journalistic skill, Toobin has provided analysis on some of the most provocative and important events of our time. The author of critically acclaimed best sellers, Toobin delved into the historical, political and personal inner workings of the Supreme Court and its justices in his books The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court and The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court.

Toobin’s latest best-selling book, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, was released to considerable acclaim in August 2016. The book examines the 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst, granddaughter of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, by the Symbionese Liberation Army. The astonishing, theatrical details of the saga are firmly bound to a tangible reality, aided by more than a hundred interviews and thousands of previously secret documents. Toobin allows readers to peek into the past – right into one of the most insane eras of American history. The book has already been optioned for film by Fox 2000. His book, The Run of His Life: The People vs. O. J. Simpson, was the basis for the acclaimed mini-series on FX, starring Cuba Gooding, Jr., John Travolta and Sarah Paulson.

Past speakers of the Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture:

2016: Cokie Roberts

2015: Ray Kurzweil

2014: Jose Antonio Vargas

2013: Ambassador Andrew Young

2012: Senator George J. Mitchell

2011: Dr. Robert Gates

 

Past speakers of the Public Policy Lecture Series:

2017: The Honorable Jane Swift

2016: Panel - Joe Thompson, Julia Bowen, Thomas Krens, Kathy Lloyd '13, Mitch and Seth Nash, Brad Svrluga

2015: Cheryl Jacques

2014: Gloria Steinem

2013: Irshad Manji

2012: Zainab Salbi

2010-2011: Vandana Shiva; James Carville and Mary Matalin

2009-2010: Paul Rusesabagina; Lisa Cortes, Jonathan Kozol, and Carole Simpson

2008-2009: Bob Woodward; David Plouffe