Panel on “Truth, Lies and Politics” rescheduled for Tuesday January 3 at 7:30 pm will feature US Rep. Barney Frank, Rob Kuttner and Father J. Bryan Hehir. Part of the Hot Buttons, Cool Conversations lecture Series, with moderator Leonard Fein. Panelists will address the question: “Is truth in politics possible?” Expect a lively kdiscussion.
Below is a description of the panelists and the panelists from the flyer:
Public perception of politics and its practitioners has tumbled to an ominously low estate, as growing numbers of citizens have the sense that much of what we hear is spin—or worse. And if it is, can it be fixed? Or is there something inherent in the realm of politics–or in the character of people who go into politics–that keeps the truth at bay? Veteran observers and practitioners attempt to sort these matters out.
Barney Frank, now serving in his 16th term as a member of the House of Representatives, is the ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee. He is one of the few members of the House whose name is known across the country, because of his wit as well as his passion.
Robert Kuttner is a journalist, writer, and economist. He is co-founder and current co-editor of The American Prospect, an authoritative magazine of liberal ideas. He was a columnist for Business Week for 20 years, is one of five co-founders of the Economic Policy Institute.
Father J. Bryan Hehir, S.J., is Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University. He is also Secretary for Health Care and Social Services of the Archdiocese of Boston. He is the former President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA and served on the staff of the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops in Washington, D.C., addressing issues of both foreign and domestic policy for the church in the United States.
Moderator Leonard Fein is the founding editor of Moment Magazine and Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger. Fein’s 900+ essays, articles and columns have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation and The Jewish Daily Forward.
The Location is the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA 02459
Cost for JCC member, students, seniors is $12; for Nonmember: $15
Call this number for more information and ticket purchase: 617-965-5226