RICKIPEDIA: Ethan Michaeli - "The Defender" - Rick Perlstein - The Urban Network

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Another night of RICKIPEDIA brings us Ethan Michaeli, author of The Defender, hosted by long-time bookstore advocate Rick Perlstein. The Urban Network will co-sponsor the event.

At 57th Street Books


About the book: Veteran reporter Ethan Michaeli tells the story of Chicago’s iconic black newspaper, the family and the journalists who made it great, and the hidden history of black America in the twentieth century.

About the author: Ethan Michaeli is an award-winning author, publisher, and journalist based in Chicago. He was a copyeditor and investigative reporter at The Defender from 1991 to 1996.

About the interlocutor: Rick Perlstein is the author of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. Before that, he published Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (2008), a New York Times bestseller picked as one of the best nonfiction books of the year by over a dozen publications, and Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, winner of the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history. A contributing writer at The Nation, former chief national correspondent for the Village Voice, and a former online columnist for the New Republic and Rolling Stone, his journalism and essays have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, and many other publications. Politico called him the “chronicler extraordinaire of American conservatism,” who “offers a hint of how interesting the political and intellectual dialogue might be if he could attract some mimics.” The Nation called him the “hypercaffeinated Herodotus of the American century.” Born in 1969 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he lives in Chicago. In his spare time, he performs jazz piano and vocals and practices yoga.

About the co-sponsor: The UChicago Urban Network is an intellectual hub for faculty, students, policymakers, and others interested in the university's urban research.

Through its portfolio of programs, co-sponsorship of events, and network of scholars, the Urban Network fosters innovation, cultivates scholarship, builds cross-disciplinary connections, and shines a spotlight on the urban research happening at UChicago.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637