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Marshall Distinguished Lecture Series

The Jonathan and Maxine Marshall Distinguished Lecture Series brings to ASU nationally known scholars concerned with promoting culture through the humanities and a better understanding of the problems of democracy. This annual free public lecture is funded with a gift from Jonathan and Maxine Marshall.

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Roger Cohen
“The Disunited States: Trump and the Fracturing of America”

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
7:00 p.m
Ventana Ballroom, Memorial Union, ASU Tempe campus

About the lecture

Division is hardening across the land. It's not just that there's disagreement. There is no viable vocabulary, no shared truth, no accepted reality that can serve as a foundation for discussion. Red-state America and Blue-state America contemplate each other as strangers.

And so, we must ask: How does America begin to heal?

About the Speaker

Roger Cohen joined The New York Times in 1990. He was a foreign correspondent for more than a decade before becoming acting foreign editor on Sept. 11, 2001, and foreign editor six months later.

Since 2004, he has written a column for The International New York Times, formerly known as The International Herald Tribune. In 2009, he was named a columnist of The New York Times. His columns appear every Wednesday and Saturday.

Cohen has written “Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo,” an account of the wars of Yugoslavia’s destruction, and “Soldiers and Slaves: American POWs Trapped by the Nazis’ Final Gamble.” He has also co-written a biography of Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, “In the Eye of the Storm.” His family memoir, “The Girl from Human Street: Ghosts of Memory in a Jewish Family,” was published in January 2015.

Raised in South Africa and England, he is a naturalized American.

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Visitor parking is available in the Apache Boulevard Structure. Standard parking rates apply and attendees are responsible for any parking fees incurred. There are no tickets for the event and no RSVP is required. Seating is limited and doors will open at 6:30 p.m. If you have any additional questions, please call 480-965-2779.

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2015Jane SmileyPulitzer Prize-winning novelist, essayist and biographer
2014Charles BlowVisual op-ed columnist for The New York Times
2013David WalshChief sports writer of the British newspaper The Sunday Times
2012Russ FeingoldFormer senator, public speaker, educator.
2011Nikki GiovanniWorld-renowned poet, activist and educator
2010Kerry KennedyInternational human rights advocate and author
2009Heather RaeAward-winning Cherokee film director and producer
2008Calvin TrillinHumorist, journalist and author
2007Robin WrightAcclaimed journalist
2006Jon MeachamManaging Editor of Newsweek
2005Seymour HershPulitzer Prize-winning journalist
2004Paul KrugmanProfessor, Economist, Author and New York Times Columnist
2003-cancelledWendy WassersteinPlaywright
2002Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.Senior attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council
2001-cancelledMartha NussbaumErnst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics, University of Chicago
2000Baruch BlumbergDirector, NASA's Astrobiology Institute
1998Martin MartyDirector, Public Religion Project, University of Chicago School of Divinity
1997Daniel GoldhagenAuthor, “Hitler's Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust”
1997Arthur CaplanDirector, Center of Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
President, American Association of Bioethics
1996Doris Kearns GoodwinPulitzer Prize winning historian
1995Lester BrownFounder, WorldWatch Institute
1994Thomas WickerFormer editorial columnist, The New York Times
1993Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.Pulitzer Prize winning historian