In his book “Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations,” author and CNN senior political analyst John Avlon describes the significance of President George Washington’s Farewell Address, a cautionary letter to his fellow citizens about the forces he feared would destroy democracy. This address, often overlooked in U.S. history, continues to hold great value for contemporary policymakers.
At this event, Avlon spoke on how U.S. leaders have drawn inspiration from Washington’s Farewell Address — and how Washington’s words can shed light on controversial topics in modern American politics such as partisanship, coexistence and foreign policy. A book signing followed the presentation. Copies of the book were available for purchase courtesy of the Rice University Campus Store.
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5:30 p.m. — Reception
6:00 p.m. — Presentation
John Avlon is a senior political analyst and anchor at CNN who appears on "New Day" every morning. From 2013 to 2018, he was the editor-in-chief and managing director of The Daily Beast, which won 17 journalism awards during his tenure. Avlon is also a co-editor of the acclaimed “Deadline Artists” journalism anthologies, as well as the author of the books “Independent Nation: How the Vital Center Is Changing American Politics,” “Wingnuts,” and “Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father's Warning to Future Generations.” Avlon served as chief speechwriter to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for best online column in 2012.