The Woodrow Wilson School will host a public panel discussion titled, “Why Congress Doesn’t Work,” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. The discussion will focus on Amazon Prime’s new political comedy series, “Alpha House,” which follows four fictional scandal-clad senators living in a group house in Washington, D.C. The discussion will include a clip of the program and how it relates to real life. *Tickets are required for entry into Dodds.
Panelists will include Jonathan Alter, reporter and executive producer of “Alpha House”; Juliet Eilperin ’92, White House correspondent at the Washington Post; and “Alpha House” actor Mark Consuelos. Julian Zelizer, the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, will moderate the discussion. A public reception and book sale and signing of Alter's recent book, "The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies," will follow the discussion in Shultz Dining Room.
Alter is an award-winning author, reporter, columnist and television analyst. He worked at Newsweek for 28 years where he was a longtime senior editor and columnist. His work has appeared in The New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker and other publications. Since 1996, he has been an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC.
Eilperin ‘92 is a White House correspondent at the Washington Post where she covers subjects ranging from climate change to campaign finance and health care. In the spring of 2005, Eilperin served as the youngest-ever McGraw Professor of Journalism at Princeton University where she taught political reporting to undergraduate and graduate students.
Consuelos is a television and film actor. His breakthrough role came on the ABC soap opera “All My Children,” where he won multiple awards. He currently stars in “Alpha House,” as fictional senior Andy Guzman. Consuelos is married to Kelly Ripa, co-host of the ABC morning talk show, “Live! With Kelly and Michael.”
*Tickets will be available to Princeton University students, faculty, staff and the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis, beginning at 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office on Monday, March 24. Distribution will continue while supplies last on Tuesday, March 25 beginning at 12 noon through Tuesday, April 8.
For those unable to get a ticket, there will be a wait line outside of Dodds Auditorium on Wednesday, April 9, beginning at 4:00 p.m. This event will be simulcast in Bowl 016.