Join us for a reading and light refreshments where the topic of the evening will be "The 2016 Election: Present Observations, Historical Perspectives." Our featured readers are Smithsonian curator and author Jon Grinspan '06 and journalist and author David Lindorff '71.
Jon Grinspan is a Curator of Political History at Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2006, and then received a Masters and a PhD from the University of Virignia. His work focuses on the relationship between American politics and popular culture, and his new book - The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century - uncovers the forgotten role young men and women once played in American democracy. Jon also collects historically significant artifacts from the political campaign for the Smithsonian, and writes frequently for the New York Times, The Atlantic, and elsewhere.
Dave Lindorff, an investigative journalist and author of four books, including Marketplace Medicine: The Rise of the For-Profit Hospital Chains (Bantam 1992), Killing Time: An Investigation into the Death Penalty Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal (Common Courage Press, 2003) and The Case for Impeachment (St. Martin's Press, 2006), is founding editor of the award-winning collectively-run news site ThisCantBeHappening.net, founded in 2010. He will be reading selected articles from that five-time Project Censored award-winning site. (ThisCantBeHappening! has the distinction of being the only US news organization to have been designated a "threat" by the Homeland Security's Office of Threat Assessment in Washington, DC)