Published: Sept. 14, 2016

Meghan McCain lecture is canceled

Diverse political perspectives from two notable scholars and media professionals will be the theme of a lecture series presented this fall by the College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI)

A split image of separate portraits with Thomas Frank pictured left and Meghan McCain pictured right.

Journalist and intellectual Thomas Frank will give a talk titled “What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?” on Monday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in Math 100. Author, columnist, talk radio host and Fox News contributor Meghan McCain will speak at a town hall on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Math 100.

Both events are free, but tickets are required. Co-presenting the events will be the Center for Western Civilization, Thought and Policy, and BoulderTalks, a new center at CU Boulder that fosters community and knowledge through democratic engagement. 

The series works in conjunction with Concepts and Creativity, the foundational course for first-year CMCI students. Event organizer and communication Professor Peter Simonson said that the series “represents CMCI’s commitment to the robust exchange of ideas and offers our students a rare opportunity to hear from compelling public figures working at different points on the political spectrum.”

Frank’s articles have appeared in the Financial Times, Harper’s Magazine, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Salon, The American Prospect, The Guardian, The Nation, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of eight books, including the New York Times bestseller What’s the Matter with Kansas? His most recent book, Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?, was published in March 2016.

McCain is a columnist, talk radio host, Fox News contributor, and New York Times best-selling author. Her most recent book, America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom, chronicles her cross-country road trip with left-winged comedian Michael Ian Black in 2011. McCain will speak in a town hall setting about the election and answer questions from the audience. The evening will be moderated by Francis Beckwith, visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy at CU Boulder.

“Everywhere I go around the university, I hear students and faculty talking about the future of the country and where America is headed after the coming election,” said Robert Pasnau, director of the Center for Western Civilization, Thought & Policy. “So it’s a privilege to be able to welcome to campus two such distinguished commentators on American politics. For liberals wondering what’s happened to liberalism, Thomas Frank has long been a household name. And Meghan McCain is part of a new generation of conservatives whom we can expect to shape the movement for decades to come.”