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Monday, November 11, 2019

Monday, November 11, 2019 - Evening Program
Red State Blues: How the Conservative Revolution Stalled in the States
Matthew Grossman ‘01

Over the last quarter century, a nationalized and increasingly conservative Republican Party made unprecedented gains at the state level, winning control of 24 new state governments. Liberals and conservatives alike anticipated far-reaching consequences, but what has the Republican revolution in the states achieved? Matthew Grossman ’01, associate professor of political science at Michigan State University, argues that contrary to liberals' fears, conservative state governments, although effective at staying in power, have largely failed to enact policies that advance conservative goals or reverse prior liberal gains and, where they have had policy victories, the consequences on the ground have been surprisingly limited.

Matt Grossmann '01 is director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and associate professor of political science at Michigan State University. He is also senior fellow at the Niskanen Center and contributor at FiveThirtyEight. He is the author of Red State Blues (2019), Asymmetric Politics (with David A. Hopkins, 2016), Artists of the Possible (2014), and The Not-So-Special Interests (2012). He has published research in eighteen scholarly journals and political analysis in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico. He hosts The Science of Politics podcast. 

Grossman received his Ph.D. and M.A., both in political science, from the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 2001 where he majored in government.

Professor Grossman’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at CMC.

Monday, November 11, 2019 - Evening Program
Israeli Society at a Crossroads
Tal Schneider

Do current trends in Israeli society have the potential to bring about a new Israeli order? Could the growing divisions among secular, national-religious, ultra-Orthodox, and Arab communities be the harbinger of significant social and economic changes? How would such changes change the future of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state?  Award-winning journalist Tal Schneider has covered Israeli politics and society for almost two decades and will bring her keen insight to examine Israeli society at this transitional moment and to discuss the prospects for Israeli’s future.

Tal Schneider covers the Israeli political scene, Israeli foreign policy, the U.S.-Israel relationship, Middle East diplomacy, and the Jewish world. Between 2004 and 2009, she served as Ma’ariv’s Washington, D.C. correspondent. Her political blogs have won her the 2012 Google Digital Excellence in Journalism Award and the 2015 Ometz Award for courage in the public sphere. Before embarking on her career in journalism, Schneider worked as a media lawyer in Israel’s leading media law firm, where she was responsible for censorship cases, gag-orders, and libel court litigation. She is a founder and board member of Israel’s Journalism Association, a founding member of Israel Women Reporters Society, and a frequent commentator on Israeli radio and television. She is also a frequent visitor to the United States and will be covering the 2020 presidential campaign (including primaries and both national conventions).

Ms. Schneider’s talk is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Sequence, the department of Religious Studies, the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, and Hillel of the Claremont Colleges.

(Parents Dining Room)