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Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Thomas Frank, Nov. 23

Here's your chance to cheer or boo (or better, yet, just ask intelligent questions to) Thomas Frank. He's on a panel at the Center for American Progress, John Podesta's leftish think tank, on Nov. 23. Details from CAP:

The 2004 Election and the Future of Progressivism


* Donna Brazile, Chair, Democratic National Committee's Voting Rights Institute
* E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist and Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
* Thomas Frank, author of "What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America"
* Will Marshall, President, Progressive Policy Institute

Moderated by:
* Ruy Teixeira, political analyst and Joint Fellow at the Center for American Progress and The Century Foundation

Thomas Frank asks, "What’s the matter with Kansas?" After the election, many progressives are now asking, "What’s the matter with America?" Progressives seem increasingly befuddled by voters who claim to support an array of progressive policies but, as Frank argues, consistently vote "against their material interests." Frank attributes this to a decades-long campaign of conservative cultural populism that demonizes progressives and portrays them as out of touch with mainstream American life.

If true, how should progressives respond? How do they reach these voters? And will they be able to do so in the near future? Five leading political experts will debate these questions -- and more -- in what promises to be one of the most lively and important political panels since the election.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Program: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served. Admission is free.

St. Regis Hotel - Chandelier Room 923 16th Street NW, near the corner of K StreetWashington, DC 20006

To RSVP: Call 202.741.6388