Monday: FairVote’s Fundraiser

Hertzberg with Carter and Chris Matthews in 1980.
Hertzberg (seated on left) with Carter and Chris Matthews in 1980.

FairVote has spent the last 15 years pushing for a true democratization of our political structures — a real multi-party, multi-ideology representative democracy, expansion of the franchise, and more. The RI chapter started up last year, and we’re trying to build a broader local base for it.

Our keynote speaker is Hendrik Herztberg, senior editor at The New Yorker and former speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, is coming to Providence (and he’s in the blogosphere). Here he is getting beat-on by Bill Oreilly last week.

Details on time and location: Monday, December 15th, the Hi-Hat in Providence, from 6pm to 8:30pm. Suggested donation for guests is $50.

Hertzberg will be joining FairVote’s national executive director, Rob Richie, to talk about this year’s presidential election, the national popular vote movement, and election reform in general.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Hertzberg’s work (you should be — check his latest on Obama) his New Yorker bio is after the jump.

Hendrik Hertzberg is a senior editor and staff writer at The New Yorker, where he frequently writes the opening Comment in The Talk of the Town.

Hertzberg originally joined The New Yorker in 1969, after serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He left after the 1976 Presidential election to serve as President Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter from 1979 until 1981. From 1981 until 1992 he was associated with The New Republic and served two terms as its editor. During his second stint as editor, between 1988 and 1992, The New Republic won three National Magazine Awards, including back-to-back awards for General Excellence. In 1992, he returned to The New Yorker.

Hertzberg has also been a fellow of two institutes at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government: the Institute of Politics and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy. He is the author of “Politics: Observations & Arguments” (2004). In 2006, his Comment essays won a National Magazine Award for Columns and Commentary.

Hertzberg lives in New York City.

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