Author and New Yorker contributor Jane Mayer will be giving a talk on terrorism and the politics of the Barack Obama administration at the Humphrey Institute on Tuesday afternoon.
“Can Obama Avoid the Dark Side? Learning from how the War on Terror turned into the War on American Ideals”
Jane Mayer, The New Yorker and author of The Dark Side
With commentary by Vice President Walter F. Mondale
Moderated by Lawrence R. Jacobs, Professor, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
12:00 – 1:15pm
301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis
From the Humphrey Institute website:
“In the days immediately following September 11, the most powerful people in the country made a series of decisions to protect the country and to enhance presidential power. These decisions precipitated ferocious debates within the new Bush administration. New Yorker contributor Jane Mayer reveals the behind-the-scene debates. She is joined by Vice President Walter Mondale and Lawrence Jacobs to discuss the lessons for the Obama administration’s efforts to balance counter-terrorism and American ideals and law.”
Jane Mayer joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in March, 1995. Based in Washington, D.C., she writes about politics for the magazine, and has been covering the war on terror. Recent subjects include Alberto Mora and the Pentagon’s secret torture policy, how the United States outsources torture (rendition), the prison at Guantánamo Bay, and the legality of C.I.A. interrogations. She has also written about George W. Bush, the bin Laden family, Sarah Palin, and the television show “24.” Before joining The New Yorker, Mayer was a reporter at the Wall Street Journal for twelve years. At the Journal she was a White House correspondent as well as a war correspondent and a foreign correspondent. Among other stories, she covered the bombing of the American barracks in Beirut, the Persian Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the final days of Communism in the Soviet Union. Mayer was the 2008 winner of the John Chancellor Award for Journalistic Excellence, as well as a Guggenheim Foundation Grant in 2008, and winner in 2009 of the Goldsmith Book Prize from Harvard, the Edward Weintal Prize from Georgetown University, and the Ridenhour Prize. She was also a 2009 finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has twice been a finalist for the National Magazine award, and was nominated twice by the Journal for a Pulitzer Prize in the feature-writing category. Mayer is the author of the best-selling 2008 book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War in Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals. She was also the co-author of two additional best-selling books. Strange Justice, written with Jill Abramson. Her first book, Landslide: The Unmaking of the President, 1984-1988, co-authored by Doyle McManus, was an acclaimed account of the Reagan White House’s involvement in the Iran-Contra affair. Mayer graduated with honors from Yale in 1977 and continued her studies in history at Oxford.