The Bill Green Lecture Series memorializes Bill Green (1929-2002), who represented the East Side of Manhattan in Congress from 1978 to 1992.
Rep. Green, a Republican, was an independent thinker who frequently crossed the aisle to collaborate on critical issues such as the environment, urban policy, and affordable housing. He served as a trustee of The New School and a board member of Milano.
This lecture series, which pays tribute to his deep commitment to bipartisanship, is generously funded by the Taconic Foundation, on whose board he also served- The New School
Jenny Backus is a consultant and strategist for the Democratic Party (unaffiliated in the 2008 presidential race).
Ronald Brownstein is political director of the Atlantic Media Company and National Journal Group’s editorial director, in charge of long-term editorial strategy. He also writes a weekly column and regularly contributes other pieces for both National Journal and The Atlantic, and he coordinates political coverage and activities across publications produced by Atlantic Media. Brownstein was twice named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the 1996 and 2004 presidential campaigns. In addition, he is the recipient of several journalism awards, including the Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus, the Excellence in Media Award from the National Council on Public Polls in 2005, and the Journalist of the Year Award from the Los Angeles Press Club in 2005. In 2007, the American Political Science Association presented him its Carey McWilliams Award for lifetime achievement.
David Chalian is political director of ABC News.
David Greenberg is a historian, teacher, and writer on political and cultural affairs. He is assistant professor of journalism and media studies and history at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
His first book, Nixon's Shadow: The History of an Image (W.W. Norton, 2003) won the Washington Monthly Annual Political Book Award, the American Journalism History Award, and Columbia University's Bancroft Dissertation Award. He is currently at work on a biography of Calvin Coolidge for the American Presidents Series.
Prof. Greenberg has written for numerous scholarly and popular publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic Monthly, the New Yorker,Foreign Affairs, the Journal of American History, Reviews in American History, and Daedalus. He is a regular contributor to the online magazine Slate, where he writes the "History Lesson" column and other occasional reviews and essays.
Prof. Greenberg holds a BA in history from Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, 1990) and a PhD in History from Columbia University (2001).
Fred P. Hochberg
Fred P. Hochberg is chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and one of the highest-ranking business leaders in the Obama Administration. Under his leadership, in fiscal year 2010, Ex-Im Bank approved $24.5 billion in export financing, a 70 percent increase over the past two years, which supported $34.4 billion worth of exports and 227,000 American jobs at more than 3,300 US companies. Of these authorizations, more than $5 billion was for small businesses, a record for the bank. The bank also tripled its renewable energy export financing. From 2004 to 2008, Hochberg was dean of Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy in New York. From 1998 through 2001, he served as deputy, then acting administrator of the Small Business Administration. Prior to his service at SBA, Hochberg was the long-time president and chief operating officer of the Lillian Vernon Corporation.
Ronald Brownstein traces the history of Democratic primaries and classifies all the candidates into beer candidates and wine candidates, explaining that in this one way, the Clinton and Obama race followed the pattern of history.
Ronald Brownstein examines Obama's and McCain's desires to "be president of the whole country" and their efforts to unite the current hyperpartisan politics in Washington and thus change the fragmented trajectory of the country.
Democratic consultant Jenny Backus discusses George W. Bush's failed efforts at bipartisanship with the immigration bill and the partisan image problems that face McCain and Obama in their race for the presidency.