Ethics Matter: A Conversation with Writer Kurt Andersen

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM


Kurt Andersen, journalist, editor, novelist, NPR radio host, grew up in the late 1960s, a moment when the great generational imperative was: do justice. Andersen found a way of pursuing the imperative of truth-telling without sacrificing his rich sense of the absurd, founding Spy magazine, which punctured the swelling self-importance of the grandees of the 1980s. In recent years, he has laid journalism aside for fiction, writing such celebrated novels as 2007's Heyday, which invite readers to consider the American present in light of the past.

Andersen’s entire body of work is in the service of social criticism—temperate, ironical, amused, and non-ideological at a moment of polemical bullying. He will talk about the arc of his career, about the ongoing influence of the 1960s in our collective life, and about the dead end which our national political debate has reached.

James Traub will moderate this event. He writes a column for Foreign Policy's website entitled "Terms of Engagement" and writes, as well, for Foreign Policy magazine. He has worked as a staff writer for The New Yorker and a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, reporting widely from Africa and the Middle East. He is the author of five books, and is currently writing a biography of John Quincy Adams.

RSVP is required and seating is limited. The reservation deadline is Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Since our events are filmed for television broadcasting, we ask that audience members arrive on time. Suggested Donation: $10.

Events are free of charge for students with valid ID. This special offer is limited to a small number of seats—first come first served—and registration in advance is required.  

Speaker: Kurt Andersen


Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs
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