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Town Hall Seattle: Civics Series

The Civics series at Town Hall shines a light on the shifting issues, movements, and policies, that affect our society, both locally and globally. These events pose questions and ideas, big and small, that have the power to inform and impact our lives. Whether it be constitutional research from a scholar, a new take on history, or the birth of a movement, it's all about educating and empowering.

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Dec 1, 2017

Lawrence O’Donnell, host of MSNBC’s The Last Word and one of America’s shrewdest political minds, helped us unpack the historical roots of 21st century politics. He joined us with his new book Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics, which chronicled the tumult of the Nixon era and the human drama of a system—and a country—coming apart at the seams in real time. Nearly 50 years later we find ourselves again in a moment of political uncertainty and crisis, and we reflect with O’Donnell on the seminal 1968 election which he asserted is still shaping our political landscape today. O’Donnell demonstrated his master-class in electioneering and explained how the fallout from Nixon’s election and administration set the stage for American politics as we know it.

Lawrence O’Donnell is the host of ‘The Last Word’ on MSNBC. Formerly an Emmy Award-winning executive producer and writer for The West Wing, O’Donnell also served as senior advisor to Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, chief of staff to the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works and the Senate Finance Committee. He is the author of Deadly Force and his writing has appeared in The New York TimesWashington Post, and Los Angeles Times.

Recorded live at Seattle University by Town Hall Seattle on Tuesday, November 14, 2017.