Contemporary Issues Forum Presents Norman Ornstein

St. Lawrence University will present the author of The New York Times best selling book It’s Even Worse Than It Looks Norman Ornstein at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Hepburn Auditorium.

As part of the Contemporary Issues Forum, Ornstein’s talk, titled “The New Politics of Extremism: Outlook for Improvement?” will discuss the roots of the current difficulties in Congress and examine the outlook for improvement in the next elections and beyond.

Ornstein, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, is a long-time observer and scholar of Congress and politics. He writes a weekly column for National Journal and The Atlantic called “Washington Inside Out.” For thirty years, he was an election-eve analyst for CBS News, and in 2012 he served as a principal on-air election-eve analyst for BBC News.

Ornstein has served as co-director of the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project and participates in AEI’s Election Watch series. He also serves as a senior counselor to the Continuity of Government Commission. Ornstein led a working group of scholars and practitioners that helped shape the law, known as McCain-Feingold, which reformed the campaign financing system. He was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.

His many books include The Permanent Campaign and Its Future (AEI Press, 2000); The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track, with Thomas E. Mann (Oxford University Press, 2006); and, most recently, The New York Times bestseller, It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism, also with Tom Mann (Basic Books, 2012). Ornstein was spotlighted as one of 2012’s 100 Top Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine

Ornstein holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Michigan.

For more information, contact Karin Blackburn at 315-229-5998.