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GW Lisner Auditorium and Politics & Prose to Co-Present the “Newsmaker Series”

New Speaker Series Added to Lisner’s 2013-14 Season
September 23, 2013

MEDIA CONTACTS: Angela Olson
202-994-3087; olsona@gwu.edu
Lacey Dunham
202-364-1919; ldunham@politics-prose.com

     WASHINGTON— GW Lisner Auditorium today announced a new series of high-profile speakers has been added to its 2013-14 season.

     The “Newsmaker Series,” co-presented with Politics & Prose, features five authors and their books: Elizabeth Smart’s My Story, Oct. 10; John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s Double Down, Nov. 7; Alan Dershowitz’s Taking the Stand, Nov. 11; Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit, Nov. 12; and Heraldo Muñoz’s Getting Away With Murder, Dec. 5.  

     “Launching this new series is a significant addition to our season,” said Maryann Lombardi, executive director and director of partnership development at Lisner. “Politics & Prose is an iconic D.C. cultural organization and we are excited to partner with them to bring important authors to the community to discuss their latest works.”  

The “Newsmaker Series”

Elizabeth Smart: My Story
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013; 7 p.m.

Now for the first time, in her memoir, My Story, Elizabeth Smart tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving. Ms. Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.
Tickets: $25, $35 (includes one ticket and one copy of My Story), $45 (includes two tickets and one copy
of My Story). Tickets are available online at www.lisner.org.
Location: The George Washington University
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue Lines)
             
John Heilemann and Mark Halperin: Double Down  
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013: 7 p.m.

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin set the national conversation on fire with their bestselling account of
the 2008 presidential election, Game Change.  In Double Down, they apply their unparalleled access and
storytelling savvy to the 2012 election, rendering an equally compelling narrative about the circuslike
Republican nomination fight, the rise and fall of Mitt Romney, and the trials, tribulations and Election Day
triumph of Barack Obama.
Tickets:  $25, $40 (includes one ticket and one copy of Double Down), $50 (includes two tickets and one copy of Double
Down). Tickets are available online at www.lisner.org.
Location: The George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue Lines)

Alan Dershowitz: Taking the Stand
Thursday, Nov. 11, 2013: 7 p.m.

One of America's most prominent legal minds recounts his legal autobiography, describing how he came
to the law, as well as the cases that have changed American jurisprudence over the past 50 years, most
of which he was personally involved in.
Tickets:  $25, $40 (includes one ticket and one copy of Taking the Stand), $50 (includes two tickets and
one copy of Taking the Stand). Tickets are available online at www.lisner.org.
Location: The George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue Lines)

Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Bully Pulpit
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013; 7 p.m.

The Bully Pulpit is an insightful study of presidents – freshly told through the decades-long and complicated friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft. Like with Lyndon Johnson, the Kennedys, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, Doris Kearns Goodwin captures an epic moment in history, when in 1912, Presidents Roosevelt and Taft engage in a brutal fight for the presidency - a fight that destroys both their political futures, while seriously weakening the progressive wing of the Republican Party, and dividing their wives, their children, and their closest friends.
Tickets: $35, $50 (includes one tickets and one copy of The Bully Pulpit), $60 (includes two tickets and
one copy of The Bully Pulpit). Tickets are available online at www.lisner.org.
Location: The George Washington University
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue Lines)

Heraldo Muñoz: Getting Away with Murder
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013; 7 p.m.

In Getting Away with Murder Heraldo Muñoz, United Nations Assistant Secretary General, delves into the murky world of Pakistani politics and the infamous Bhutto family, who rival the Kennedys in charisma, power and tragedy. His year-long investigation frames a story of betrayals, corruption, foreign influence, turbulent politics and unsolved political assassinations—all of which led to the death of the country’s leading politician. With impeccable research and insight, Mr. Muñoz situates Bhutto in a surprisingly deep, decades-long history of U.S.-Pakistan ties and the emergence of global terrorism, pinpointing the assassination as the moment when U.S.-Pakistani relations were changed forever.
Tickets: $25, $35 (includes one ticket and one copy of Getting Away with Murder), $45 (includes two
tickets and one copy of Getting Away With Murder). Tickets are available online at www.lisner.org.
Location: The George Washington University
Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro (Orange and Blue Lines)

About Politics & Prose
Founded in 1984, Politics & Prose Bookstore is Washington, D.C.’s premier independent bookstore and cultural hub, a gathering place for people interested in reading and discussing books. Politics & Prose offers superior service, a wide range of book choices, and a haven for book lovers.

About GW Lisner Auditorium
Built in 1943, GW Lisner Auditorium is an historic, 70-year-old D.C. cultural institution. A vibrant cultural asset to the university and to the city, Lisner recently completed significant renovations with state-of-the-art sound and light upgrades, a new Maplewood stage floor, re-upholstered seats, new carpets and other interior improvements. (See a time-lapse video of renovations.) Take a look at Lisner in the new season.


Information about the diverse line up of vocalists, world music, rock, dance and discussions scheduled for the 2013-14 season at Lisner Auditorium is available online.


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