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After the Election, What Next?

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, November 03, 2008, at 08:38PM
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In just a little over 24 hours, the polls will close and the country will have elected a new President. After being enveloped in political rhetoric for more than a year, surely November 5th is going to feel strangely quiet.

Regardless of who gets elected President tomorrow, liberals and conservatives don't get much respect these days. On Thursday, November 13, take some time out of your Art Walk to join author Tom Waldman for "What's Next for the Left and the Right?: A Post-Election Dialogue," a free event taking place at the historic Farmers & Merchants Bank.

Waldman is the author of "Not Much Left: The Fate of Liberalism in America," published this year by the University of California Press. The book asks why it is that no one wants to be called a liberal anymore, pointing to the failed 1972 Presidential campaign of George McGovern as the turning point for the term.

The discussion on November 13 will be a chance to take a look at where liberals and conservatives are in the post-election landscape, and to talk about where the two sides might be headed going forward. Waldman will do a short reading from his book, but the majority of the time is intended to be a dialogue with those in the audience.

November 13 is the Downtown Art Walk, so the discussion will start at 6pm and is scheduled to go until 7pm, allowing plenty of time for gallery viewing afterward. Don't expect a good discussion to get cut off, though. Waldman plans on sticking around to talk for as long as people are interested.

For those who can't make it, we'll be taping the event and putting the video online afterward.

"What's Next for the Left and the Right?: A Post-Election Dialogue" / Farmers & Merchants Bank, 401 S. Main / Doors open at 5:30pm, Discussion from 6pm to 7pm / Free.

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