CANCELED: Healing the Divided States of America, A Conversation with E.J. Dionne & Melissa Rogers


Healing the Divided States of America, A Conversation with E.J. Dionne & Melissa Rogers

Thursday, April 2, 2020  •  4:30pm  •  Carson Ballroom, Old Main  •  ASU Tempe Campus

How can Americans mobilize to heal the wounds of political polarization?
What groundwork needs to be laid in order to begin repairing the damaged divide of “raw partisan politics?”

Join us for a discussion of these and other questions with E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Melissa Rogers of the Brookings Institution.


E.J. Dionne, Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, and university professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture at Georgetown University. A nationally known and respected commentator on politics, Dionne appears weekly on National Public Radio and regularly on MSNBC.

Dionne began his career with the New York Times, where he spent fourteen years reporting on state and local government, national politics, and from around the world, including stints in Paris, Rome, and Beirut. The Los Angeles Times praised his coverage of the Vatican as the best in two decades. In 1990, Dionne joined The Washington Post as a reporter covering national politics, and he began writing his column in 1993. His best-selling book, Why Americans Hate Politics, was published in 1991, won the Los Angeles Times book prize, and was a National Book Award nominee. Since then, Dionne has served as author, editor, or co-other of several other books and volumes. Most recently, he is author of, Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country


Melissa Rogers is a nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution and, during the Obama administration, served as special assistant to the president and executive director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Prior to that, she served as chair of the inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Rogers is also author of her new book, Faith in American Public Life.

Before her work in Washington, Rogers was director of the Center for Religion and Public Affairs at Wake Forest University Divinity School. She has also served as executive director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life and general counsel of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

Her area of expertise includes the First Amendment's religion clauses, religion in American public life, and the interplay of religion, policy, and politics. She has co-authored a case book on religion and law entitled Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court (Baylor University Press, 2008). She holds a J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. from Baylor University.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 • 4:30pm
Carson Ballroom, Old Main • ASU Tempe Campus