On June 5 FORA will join TNR, host the 6th & I Synagogue and co-sponsor Politics & Prose in Washington DC to host the first event in what will become a series. The description is below. We’re really pleased to be working with such quality partners to create this sort of genuinely meaningful live event.
There’s also something of a personal element here. The event (and the eventual series) is named for Nelson Polsby, a Berkeley political scientist and early FORA advisor who passed away last year. Nelson was a giant in terms of scholarly achievement, personality and human goodness. Brian and I had multiple breakfast and lunch meetings with him in FORA’s early days and I sometimes went out of my way to grab a hot chocolate with him. His insight was impeccable and his sense of humor was always worth the price of admission.
“The inaugural Nelson Polsby Congressional Conversation will be hosted by Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and feature Representatives Barney Frank and Tom Davis. It will be a candid conversation between prominent Congressional leaders of opposing political interests on finding ways to build bridges, find solutions and govern effectively in a highly partisan environment.
The Polsby series, sponsored by FORA.tv and The New Republic, aims to honor the late Berkeley Congressional scholar Nelson Polsby by enabling substantive discussion between politically opposed leaders. Polsby was noted for his ecumenical approach to divisive political issues and his efforts over many decades to expand our understanding of political institutions and to make them work better.”