National Best-Selling Author Jonathan Alter discusses The Promise: President Obama, Year One

July 23, 2010

Contact: Beth Slater
Program Coordinator
The Aspen Institute
Tel. 970-544-7914

National Best-Selling Author Jonathan Alter discusses The Promise: President Obama, Year One
Presented by the McCloskey Speakers Series

Aspen, CO, July 23, 2010––The 2010 Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series will host Jonathan Alter, author of The Promise: President Obama, Year One. The event will take place from 6:30-7:30 PM on Friday, July 30, 2010 at the Paepcke Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, CO. The series is made possible by a gift from the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation. Tickets are $15 each and are on sale now through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House. As a full-capacity audience is expected for this program, early ticket purchasing is encouraged. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the event, and unclaimed tickets will be on sale at the door.

Alter is a senior editor at Newsweek, where, since 1991, he has written an acclaimed column on politics, history, media, and society at large. He regularly appears on NBC broadcasts including “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” NBC News specials and MSNBC. Alter has had the opportunity to interview many world leaders and American presidents, and he has covered the past five presidential campaigns for Newsweek. He is also an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News.

Alter will speak about his new book, The Promise: President Obama, Year One in which he uses his access to the White House to provide a unique, personal perspective of Obama’s first year in the oval office. His 2006 book, The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope, was a national bestseller. Alter is a Chicago native and received his B.A. in history with honors from Harvard in 1979.

Tickets to this event can be purchased online at or by calling Aspen Show tickets at the Wheeler Opera House at 970-920-5770. For more information on the Aspen Institute McCloskey Speaker Series and other events open to the public, please contact Beth Slater at 970-544-7914 or, call the information line at 970-544-7970, or visit the Institute’s website at

Other speakers to be featured in the McCloskey Speaker Series include:

August 3 – Ambassador Peter Galbraith, former UN Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Paepcke Auditorium, Tickets on sale July 20

August 10 – Justice Sandra Day O’Connorin conversation with Walter Isaacson
6:30 – 7:30 pm; Greenwald Pavilion, Tickets on sale July 27

Event details subject to change. Please visit for updates or call our events information line at 970-544-7970.

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