CUNY J-School Professor Peter Beinart, who is also senior political writer for The Daily Beast, will lead a discussion on the 2012 presidential election with Time magazine political columnist Joe Klein and BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith.The Graduate Center’s Perspectives series with Peter Beinart features dynamic thinkers and practitioners examining the pressing political and public policy issues shaping our world today. Previous participants have included Christopher Hitchens, Tina Brown, Andrew Sullivan, and Paul Krugman."
Peter Beinart is associate professor of journalism and political science at the City University of New York. He is also a contributor to The Atlantic and National Journal, a senior columnist at Haaretz, a CNN Political Commentator, and a senior fellow at The New America Foundation.
Joe Klein is a columnist and senior writer at TIME. He joined the magazine in 2003 to write a regular column, In the Arena, on national and international affairs. He is the author of The Natural: Bill Clinton’s Misunderstood Presidency and several other nonfiction books. As “Anonymous,” Klein wrote the critically acclaimed novel Primary Colors, a best-seller inspired by the 1992 political race. Klein is an occasional contributor to The New Yorker, where he formerly served as Washington correspondent. He has written articles and book reviews for The New Republic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, LIFE, Rolling Stone, and other publications. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a former Guggenheim fellow.
Ben Smith wrote a blog about national politics for POLITICO. During the 2008 presidential campaign, he covered the Democratic primary.
Before joining POLITICO, he was a political columnist for the New York Daily News and in 2005 and 2006 started three of New York City's leading political blogs, The Politicker, The Daily Politics and Room Eight, for which he still writes occasionally about the New York scene.
TIME Magazine's Joe Klein and BuzzFeed's Ben Smith weigh in on what Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney actually believes in, and whether America is ready for a Mormon president. Klein predicts that Romney's faith leads him to be "mistrustful of the outside world", and Klein argues that Romney's measured demeanor could affect his chance of winning the election.