Senator Reid will be joined in conversation with Julian Zelizer, the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton.
Harry Reid-Born in the small mining town of Searchlight, Nevada, former U.S. Senator Harry Reid represented the Silver State for 34 years in the U.S. Congress and is the longest-serving Senator in the state’s history. As Nevada’s only member of the House of Representatives for four years, he served as secretary to the California Congressional Delegation. Over his 30-year Senate career, he served as the Senate Majority Leader, Democratic Leader, Majority Whip, and Minority Whip. Renowned for his tireless work ethic and ability to masterfully navigate Senate process and procedure, Senator Reid’s accomplishments include the passage of historic legislation addressing health care reform, clean energy, infrastructure, Wall Street reform, and America’s economic recovery following The Great Recession. A celebrated champion for Nevada, he worked to expand the state’s leadership as a top international entertainment and gaming destination, fuel growth in infrastructure, transportation and economic development, and prevent the Silver State from becoming a repository for high-level nuclear waste. Currently, Senator Reid serves as a political operative, speaker, distinguished fellow at the University of Nevada Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law, and host of the Harry Reid Public Engagement Lecture Series at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Julian E. Zelizer has been one of the pioneers in the revival of American political history. He is the author of Taxing America: Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State, 1945-1975 (1998), On Capitol Hill: The Struggle to Reform Congress and its Consequences, 1948-2000 (2004), Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security—From World War II to the War on Terrorism (2010), Jimmy Carter (2010), and Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years, 1981-1989 (2010), and Governing America: The Revival of Political History. His most recent book is The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society (2015). He has edited 10 books on American political history, with subjects ranging from the politics and the media to the presidency of George W. Bush. In addition to his scholarly articles and book chapters, Zelizer is a frequent commentator in the international and national media on political history and contemporary politics. He has published over seven hundred op-eds, including his weekly column on CNN.Com. He is a regular news commentator on radio, television and in print. He has received fellowships from the Brookings Institution, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and New America.
Senator Reid is visiting the School as the Conor D. Reilly Distinguished Visitor in Leadership and Governance
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