Public Programs

Getting to the Point: A Conversation with the Authors of One Nation After Trump

Featuring E.J. Dionne Jr. and Norman J. Ornstein

One Nation After Trump Version #2

One year after the 2016 election, many are still asking questions about Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency and where the nation will go from here. Two of Washington’s premier political scholar-journalists, E.J. Dionne Jr. and Norman J. Ornstein, will join Boston College History Professor Heather Cox Richardson to discuss the election of Donald Trump and the citizen activism it has inspired, as detailed in their new book, One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet Deported.

How did our political system give rise to President Trump? What dangers might his administration pose to different institutions? How can millions of Americans harness a renewed sense of civic responsibility? Join us for a conversation on the current political climate, what the Trump presidency means for political norms, and the importance of seizing on the renewed sense of engagement in the American people.

A book signing will follow. Two ticket options are available, including general admission tickets (free), and premium tickets ($35; $30 for members). Premium tickets include the book and guaranteed seating. Free parking is available at the Institute.


  • E.J. Dionne, Jr., Columnist for The Washington Post, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Professor at Georgetown University @EJDionne

  • Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Scholar the American Enterprise Institute and a contributing editor and columnist for National Journal and The Atlantic @NormOrnstein

  • Heather Cox Richardson, Professor of History, Boston College @HC_Richardson

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