The Tommy G. Thompson Center Presents: A Conversation with Charlie Sykes

Published: March 1, 2019
By: Timothy MacKenzie

SOMERS - Charlie Sykes is coming to UW-Parkside’s Student Center Ballroom on March 21 at 7 p.m. to discuss “overcoming partisan politics for the public good.” This free Q&A session, which will mostly be focused on Sykes’ new book, will be moderated by Parkside Political Science & Law professor Ross Astoria. Students will also be given a chance to engage with Charlie and offer their own questions in this unique forum. A signing for his new book will follow the Q&A.

Sykes is an NBC and MSNBC contributor, a contributing editor at the Weekly Standard, and the host of the magazine’s Daily Standard podcast. He is also author of nine books and was co-editor of the National Review College Guide.

His most recent book, How the Right Lost Its Mind, is an account of how the American conservative movement came to lose its values. It was published by St. Martin’s Press in October 2017.

Charles Sykes has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek,, USA Today, and many other national publications. He has appeared on Meet the Press, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, PBS, the BBC, and has been profiled on NPR in addition to appearances on a number of other programs. He has also spoken extensively on university campuses.

Until he stepped down in December 2016 after 23 years, Sykes was one of Wisconsin’s top-rated and most influential conservative talk show hosts. In 2017, he was co-host of the national public radio show, “Indivisible,” which originated from WNYC.

More information about Charlie Sykes can be found via his page on the Macmillan Speakers website at You can also find more information about this event on our website at

This event is sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership at UW-Madison as part of its mission to pursue leadership, foster collegiality, and to address vital policy needs. Inquiries about the event can be directed to Michael Knaack at the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership in Madison at 608-265-4087 or via email at More information about the Tommy Thompson G. Center can be found on their website at


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