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Boston Globe Columnist, Politics Expert to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan

September 8, 2016 – by Cole Hatcher

Michael A. Cohen

Michael A. Cohen to Discuss ‘How We Got Trump and Clinton’ Sept. 21

DELAWARE, Ohio – Michael A. Cohen, Boston Globe columnist and author of “American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division” will examine history backward and forward Sept. 21 when he presents “How We Got Trump and Clinton: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division” at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Cohen, who regularly contributes to The Boston Globe on national politics and public affairs, will speak at 4:10 p.m. in Room 301 of OWU’s Merrick Hall, 65 S. Sandusky St., Delaware.

Of the current campaign between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, Cohen recently wrote: “To be sure, every presidential campaign tends to focus a disproportionate amount of energy and media attention on personality rather than policy. But this year it seems that it’s all personality, all the time.”

In addition to writing for The Boston Globe, Cohen is the U.S. political correspondent for The London Observer. His work also has appeared in publications worldwide including The Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News, Christian Science Monitor, and World Politics Review.

Cohen is a former speechwriter for the U.S. State Department and the author of “Live From the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the Twentieth Century and How They Shaped Modern America.” He also has served as a fellow at the New America Foundation and Century Foundation and as a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

His latest book, “American Maelstrom,” explores the 1968 race for the White House as “a bygone presidential election featuring a fear-mongering, race-baiting candidate stoking white resentment; a long-shot lefty whipping up collegiate frenzy with his anti-status-quo message; and an establishment front-runner who, recovering from a painful electoral defeat eight years earlier, was hoping to prove just likable enough to win.”

Cohen’s upcoming Ohio Wesleyan presentation is sponsored by the university’s Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs. Founded in 1947, the institute helps students learn more about political life and civic responsibility. It also supports internships, apprenticeships, and independent study, including the “Wesleyan in Washington” program. Learn more at www.owu.edu/arneson.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers nearly 90 undergraduate majors and competes in 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through Ohio Wesleyan’s signature OWU Connection program, students integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the latest President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction, and included in the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at www.owu.edu.