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Sen. Jeff Flake and This American Life’s Zoe Chace

Thursday, January 17, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. | Langford Auditorium

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. This event is not ticketed.

Fresh from a term that included several highly publicized ideological clashes with the president, former Senator Jeff Flake will visit Vanderbilt University to explain his hopes for American politics going forward.

This American Life producer Zoe Chace, who chronicled Flake’s Senate career for the radio show, will join him onstage at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in Langford Auditorium. The discussion with Flake and Chace, part of the Chancellor’s Lecture Series, will be moderated by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos and Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Visiting Professor Jon Meacham.


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Previous Lecture Speakers Include:

Robert M. Gates Robert M. Gates
22nd U.S. Secretary of Defense
(2006-11); 15th Director of
Central Intelligence (1991-93)
Vice President Joe Biden Vice President Joe Biden
47th Vice President of the United States (2009-2017)
Chris Matthews Chris Matthews
Host, Hardball on MSNBC
Bestselling Author, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
Patrick J. Kennedy The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy
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Carly Fiorina Carly Fiorina
Jelani Cobb
Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University
Admiral James Stavridis
16th Supreme Allied Commander at NATO
Sally Yates
Former Acting United States Attorney General
The Honorable Alberto Gonzales
Former United States Attorney General
Nina Totenberg
National Public Radio Legal Affairs Correspondent
Michael Sam
Former NFL Player
Nia Malika Henderson
CNN Senior Political Reporter
Charles Krauthammer
Pulitzer Prize-winning Syndicated Columnist
and Commentator
Peggy Noonan
The Wall Street Journal Columnist
Award for Media Excellence Recipient
Eugene Robinson
Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist
The Washington Post and MSNBC Political Analyst
Harry Belafonte
Civil and human rights activist
Michael Beschloss
Award-winning historian
Annette Gordon-Reed
Pulitzer Prize-winning legal scholar and historian
The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Former United States Attorney General