Chestertown – Award-winning journalists from both sides of the political spectrum will convene to discuss “The Age of Obama: Do We Need a Middle Ground?” in Hotchkiss Recital Hall at Washington College’s Daniel Z. Gibson Center for the Arts on Wednesday, October 28, at 7 p.m.
The event, presented as this year’s Richard Harwood Colloquy on National Affairs, will feature bestselling author and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and award-winning syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker. Moderating the disussion will be CNBC Washington correspondent and New York Times political writer John Harwood.
E.J. Dionne is a twice-weekly columnist for The Washington Post, writing on national policy and politics from a liberal perspective. He previous worked at The New York Times, covering local, state and national politics, and also serving as foreign correspondent in Paris, Rome and Beirut.
A professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, Dionne has been a frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio, ABC's “This Week” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He is the author of several books, including the bestseller Why Americans Hate Politics, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee.
Kathleen Parker is an award-winning conservative syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group. Her twice-weekly opinion pieces appear in more than 350 newspapers. Parker started her column in 1987 when she was a staff writer for The Orlando Sentinel. Her column was nationally syndicated in 1995 and she joined the Washington Post Writers Group in 2006.
Her writings in support of American troops, first-responders and other front-line participants in the war on terror were among the reasons The Week magazine named her as one of the country’s top five columnists in 2004 and 2005.
John Harwood is the chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for The New York Times. He began his career at The St. Petersburg Times, where he served as state capital correspondent, Washington correspondent and political editor. He was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and subsequently spent 16 years at The Wall Street Journal, covering the White House, Congress and national politics. In addition to CNBC, Harwood also frequently appears on MSNBC, “NBC Nightly News,” “Meet the Press” and PBS’ “Washington Week.”
In 2002 Harwood was part of the Wall Street Journal team that won the Pulitzer Prize in the breaking-news category for its coverage of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Also on that prize-winning team was Gerald Seib, with whom Harwood co-authored the 2008 book Pennsylvania Avenue: Profiles in Backroom Power, hailed by The New York Times as a major new work of Washington-insider journalism.
As the 2009 Richard Harwood Colloquy, “The Age of Obama” joins a long list of notable panels and lectures presented over the years. The series was established to honor the distinguished career of the late Washington Post columnist and ombudsman Richard Harwood (John Harwood’s father), who served as a trustee and a lecturer in journalism at Washington College. Speakers have included such political and media figures as Karl Rove, Howard Dean, Robert Novak, John McCain, James Carville, Judy Woodruff, Al Hunt, Mark Shields, and Paul Gigot.
Admission to “The Age of Obama: Do We Need a Middle Ground?” is free and open to the public.