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September 9, 2008

Top Political Commentators to Discuss Two-Party System at the National Archives October 14

Washington, DC…On Tuesday, October 14, at 7 PM, Archivist of the United States Allen Weinstein welcomes a group of leading political commentators for an “American Conversation” on the topic:  New Loyalties for Old: A Farewell to the Two-Party System? The program will take place in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building.

The Archivist and his guests will discuss the impact of new technology, the expansion of voting groups, and weakening party loyalty on the American political system. Panelists include E. J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist and senior fellow in governance studies, Brookings Institution; David Brooks, New York Times columnist and commentator on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer; and Douglas Brinkley, professor, Rice University, and author of American Heritage History of the United States, among many other historical works.

The “American Conversation” series focuses on American history and identity. Senators Harry Reid, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Kay Bailey Hutchison; Former First Lady Barbara Bush; and David McCullough are among those featured in previous programs, some of which may be viewed on the National Archives web site.

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is located on the National Mall at Constitution Avenue and 7th Street, NW and is fully accessible. All programs in the “American Conversation” series are free and open to the public. Seating for this program is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program, please e-mail public.program@nara.gov or call (202) 357-5000.

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For press information, please contact the National Archives Public Affairs Staff at (202) 357-5300.

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