Event | Lectures and Symposia Leadership in an Age of Political Conflict

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Part of Daniel K. Inouye Distinguished Lectures

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Acclaimed journalist Ann Compton will interview political strategists Karl Rove and David Axelrod.

They will discuss leadership, public discourse, political parties, and campaigns in a changing world.

This event is the 5th and final Inouye Lecture, made possible by a generous gift from the Daniel K. Inouye Institute.

Contact: (202) 707-3302. 


  • David Axelrod External

    David Axelrod is a veteran of politics and journalism and the former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. He currently serves as director of the University of Chicago's non-partisan Institute of Politics and as the host of The Axe Files, a podcast jointly produced by CNN and his institute. Axelrod, a former political writer for the Chicago Tribune and media strategist behind 150 state, local and national campaigns, also is the author of The New York Times best-selling m
  • Karl Rove External

    Karl Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. At the White House he oversaw the Offices of Strategic Initiatives, Political Affairs, Public Liaison, and Intergovernmental Affairs and was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, coordinating the White House policy-making process.
  • Ann Compton

    Ann Compton was the first woman assigned by a television network to cover the White House and her longevity and impact have been considered unmatched over the span of her 41 years on the air for ABC News. After retiring from daily coverage in 2014, Ann was brought back to cover the 2016 political conventions for ABC. Ann is also a member of the Governing Council of the Miller Center for the study of the presidency at The University of Virginia.

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