Ezra Klein: Why We’re Polarized (sold out)

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Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive
@ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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New York Times columnist, podcast host, and author Ezra Klein will present on why American politics is so polarized, and what polarization has done to electoral institutions, policymaking, and the media.

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About the event

  • This event is free and open to the public
  • We are unable to provide a livestream
  • Registration is required to attend
  • Limit of two registrations per person
  • Seating is limited, and registration will close when we reach capacity
  • After his talk, Klein will answer pre-submitted audience questions

About the presentation

Drawing from his bestselling book, “Why We’re Polarized,” Klein will discuss how and why American politics polarized around identity in the twentieth century, and what that polarization did to the way we see the world and one another. He traces the feedback loops between polarized political identities and polarized political institutions that are driving our system toward crisis.

About Ezra Klein

Klein is a columnist on the New York Times opinion page, host of the award-winning “Ezra Klein Show” podcast, and author of the bestselling book, “Why We’re Polarized.” Before that, he was the founder, editor-in-chief, and then editor-at-large of Vox, the explanatory news platform, which has won many awards and now reaches more than 50 million people each month.

Klein is the La Follette School’s spring 2024 Public Affairs Journalist in Residence. This event is generously funded by the Kohl Initiative, the Paul Offner Lecture Series, and University Communications.


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Portrait of Ezra Klein and the text, "Spring Spotlight"