Can This Marriage Be Saved? The Dysfunctional Relationship Among Politics, the Press and Public Opinion

Maxine Isaacs

Event Details


Date: March 20, 2019

Times: 4 p.m.

Location: Center for Western Studies Galleries (2121 S. Summit Ave.)

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

Augustana's Center for Western Studies is pleased to welcome Maxine Isaacs, a lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, to speak in a public forum, beginning at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in the Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the Fantle Building (2121 S. Summit). The event is free and open to the public.

Maxine Isaacs has been on the faculty of Harvard University since 1994, where she has taught hundreds of Kennedy School and undergraduate students about presidential campaigns and elections and “Foreign Policy, the News and American Public Opinion.” Since 2005 she has taught a Freshman Seminar at Harvard on “American Presidential Campaigns and Elections.” In 2012 and 2016 she taught the Elections course at NYU Wagner as well as at Harvard. She taught at George Washington University and frequently lectures on the relationship among policy, politics, the news and public opinion. In 2007-08 she took a leave from teaching to explore the world of theatre production with her own production company.

University teaching is Isaacs’ second career. In 1983-84 she was press secretary and deputy campaign manager to former Vice President Walter F. Mondale when he ran for president - the first woman to hold that position in a major party candidate’s campaign. She worked for Mondale in the White House and the U.S. Senate (1973-81), and before joining Mondale’s Senate staff she worked as legislative assistant and speechwriter to Congressman Louis Stokes (1971-73). From 1975-76 she worked for a time as a freelance reporter, reporting for Africa Report Magazine, National Public Radio and others. From 1981-83, she represented a financial public relations firm in Washington, D.C.

Isaacs received her doctorate in policy studies from the University of Maryland in 1994. Her dissertation was on the relationship between elite and mass American opinion in two cases: the Tiananmen Square Massacre and the attempted Gorbachev Coup. She received her artium baccalaureus in american studies from Skidmore College in 1969 and her master’s in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University in 1988. She was the recipient of a research grant from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center while working on her doctoral dissertation. She was a fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics in 1987.

Isaacs serves on the Boards of Skidmore College; Arlington, Virginia’s Signature Theatre; the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy; and the American Associates of the Royal National Theatre. She formerly chaired the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and the Maryland School of Public Policy’s Board of Visitors. She served for several years as a member of the White House Fellows’ Commission’s mid-Atlantic region and on the Board of the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Democratic Institute. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

After 47 years in Washington, DC, Isaacs recently moved to New York City.


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