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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Oct. 29, 2012

Political commentators to debate ‘Red vs. Blue’ Nov. 5 at Northwest

Peter Beinart

Peter Beinart

Jonah Goldberg

Jonah Goldberg

MARYVILLE, Mo. – Northwest Missouri State University’s 2012-13 Distinguished Lecture Series resumes on the eve of Election Day with a stirring debate featuring two of the nation’s most prominent political commentators speaking for their respective conservative and liberal beliefs. 

Jonah Goldberg, a New York Times best-seller, and Peter Beinart, the former editor of The New Republic, will debate the issues Monday, Nov. 5, in the event, titled “Red vs. Blue: What the 2012 Election Means for You.” Dr. Richard Fulton, Northwest professor of political science, will moderate.

The debate begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Linn Auditorium at the Ron Houston Center for the Performing Arts. It is free and open to the public.

Aaron Johnson, associate professor of geology and chair of the Distinguished Lecture Series, said Goldberg and Beinart will address issues that face Missourians as well as all Americans. 

“Unlike the major party candidates, Peter and Jonah can speak to issues rather than engaging in some of the more personal rhetoric that is characteristic of debates between candidates for office,” Johnson said. “As people who look at issues from liberal and conservative perspectives, Peter and Jonah are able to address those topics in a deep, engaging fashion. Given the political divide in America today and taking into account the passion of those on either end of the spectrum, we think that a debate will serve to inform citizens.”

Beinart is a Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and associate professor of journalism and political science at The City University of New York. He is also senior political writer for The Daily Beast, and a contributor to Time. Additionally, Beinart has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and Slate.

He has appeared on television programs such as “Meet the Press,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and “The Colbert Report.” He is the author of “The Good Fight: Why Liberals – And Only Liberals – Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again” and “The Icarus Syndrome: How American Triumph Produces American Tragedy.”

Jonah Goldberg is one of the most prominent young conservative journalists on the scene today and one of America’s most widely-read political columnists. He works as a contributor to FOX News and has appeared on numerous television programs including “The Daily Show,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.” In addition to being a member of the Board of Contributors to USA Today, he has written about politics and culture for The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Slate, among other publications, and his syndicated column appears regularly in scores of newspapers across the country, including The Kansas City Star.

His first book “Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left from Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning” was a New York Times and Amazon bestseller and one of the best-selling books of 2008; he also authored “Proud to Be Right: Voices of the Next Conservative Generation” and “The Tyranny of Cliches: How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas.”

The objective of the Distinguished Lecture Series is to enhance the academic environment through individual discipline and interdisciplinary topics. Supported by the Office of the Provost, the series offers the Northwest campus and surrounding communities opportunities to hear from extraordinary individuals who come from around the globe. Scholars, world travelers and leaders in their fields visit the Northwest campus to share their wisdom, insight and experiences.

The series continues later this month with Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise presenting “Failure is Not an Option” Wednesday, Nov. 28.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468