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Our 2016 Oliver Lecture Series speaker, Colin Woodard, is an award-winning author and journalist.  The Lecture, which will include a Q&A session, is co-sponsored by Oregon World Affairs Council.  It will be held at the Portland First Congregational United Church of Christ on Sunday September 25, 2016, at 3:00 PM.  A Wine and Cheese Reception with the author as well as a book signing hosted by Broadway Books, will follow in the church’s Fellowship Hall.

This lecture could not be more timely.   It will help us as we struggle to understand many of the seeming contradictions and perhaps surprising divergent views of the ways our citizens view our country today.

Woodard will discuss his two latest books.  The first,American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, which among other accolades, was named by the Editors of The New Republic and The Globalist as one of the Best Books of 2011. 

The second and his newest book, American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle between Individual Liberty and the Common Good, is also particularly relevant to not only our country’s but the world’s political turmoil.  This was made obvious when immediately after this book appeared in print this spring, Woodard was invited to participate in panel discussions at five venues in Europe, primarily to help explain this year’s U. S. elections. They were held at the European Parliament in Brussels, the Brussels and Paris Offices of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S, and at the Faculty Club at the University of Belgrade and the Balkan Trust for Democracy, also in Belgrade.

Woodard is currently State and National Affairs Writer for The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and where he also received the 2012 George Polk Award for his investigative reporting.  In 2014 he was named one of the “Best State Capitol Reporters in America” by the Washington Post and Journalist of the Year by the Maine Press Association.

Woodard is also a contributing editor at Politico and writes for Washington Monthly and The Chronicle of Higher Education and reviews books for the Washington Post. A native of Maine, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and seven continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe.

His other books include the New England bestseller The Lobster Coast:  Rebels, Rusticators and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier; The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of The Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down.  The NBC series Crossbones starring John Malkovich was based on this book. 

Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

The cost of admission is $15.00, which includes the lecture and reception. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted for payment.  Doors open at 2:00 PM.