The Greene Space at WNYC presents "The Battle for the White House" hosted by Farai Chideya, with Talib Kweli, U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clark, and others on Tuesday, November 8

The Greene Space at WNYC presents


A Preview of the Presidential Election of 2012

Hosted by

Featuring Panelists TALIB KWELI, U.S. Representative YVETTE D. CLARK, New York Post editorial writer ROBERT GEORGE, political blogger MICAH SIFRY and New York Republican County Committee’s DANIEL W. ISAACS

Tuesday, November 8 at 7 pm – Live Video Webcast, co-hosted by The Root, available at and


(November 3, 2011 – New York, NY) – On Tuesday, November 8 at 7 pm, WNYC political contributor, award-winning author and journalist FARAI CHIDEYA will preview the 2012 presidential election with guests from across the ideological spectrum in a lively conversation from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.  Chideya will explore themes and tactics that will shape next year’s presidential election with questions such as:

“Will the election be a referendum on jobs, Wall Street, moral leadership, and taxes, or will it hinge instead on image and personality of the contenders?”
“Will the wave of first time voters who came out in 2008 retreat, stung by the economic hard times? How will social media and technology transform the art of campaigning?”

Panelists include:

  • TALIB KWELI – rapper, entrepreneur, activist, and independent political pundit.
    After joining forces with Mos Def in the seminal group Blackstar, Kweli has gone on to produce solo hits, co-head Blacksmith Records and use his platform to address the needs of urban communities and youth. 
  • DANIEL W. ISAACS – Chairman and CEO, New York Republican County Committee.
    Isaacs served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Roger J. Miner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit between 1992 and 1993.  He is currently an attorney in private practice in Manhattan. 
  • YVETTE D. CLARK – U.S. Representative for the 11th Congressional District.
    Brooklyn native Clark was first elected to Congress in November 2006. Her district includes the communities of Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Sunset Park, Carroll Gardens, Kensington, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Prospect Park. 
  • ROBERT GEORGE writer, conservative/libertarian blogger and pundit.
    George has worked for the Republican National Committee and then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Currently, he serves on the editorial staff of the New York Post and blogs for Huffington Post and his own conservative political/cultural website, “Ragged Thots.”
  • MICAH SIFRY – co-founder of the influential Personal Democracy Forum.
    Sifry analyzes the influence of technology on politics for his blog,

“On the surface, the 2012 elections are already a battle of personalities and party conflicts.  So far we’ve seen a rotating cast of frontrunners in the Republican race; the unlikely rise of Herman Cain; and a dash of racial intrigue around the possibility – great or small – of two black major party candidates going head-to-head,” said Chideya.  “Behind the scenes, both parties are ramping up fundraising efforts, data mining, and getting out the vote. We’re in for a very interesting year, and I look forward to discussing what’s in store with this powerful panel of guests.”

The Greene Space is joined by The Root, the leading online source of news and commentary from an African-American perspective, to co-host the event’s live video webcast.  The Root raises the profile of black voices in mainstream media and engages anyone interested in black culture around the world.

The NEXT New York Conversation: The Battle for The White House

When:             Tuesday, November 8 at 7pm
Who:               Host Farai Chideya, with panelists Talib Kweli, Robert George, Micah Sifry, and Yvette D. Clark
Where:            The Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street (at Varick Street), New York, NY 10014
Tickets:          $7, available at
Live Video Webcast:

The NEXT New York Conversation is The Greene Space’s dialogue series featuring a collective of changemakers, newsmakers, tastemakers and New Yorkers, sharing their values about interesting topics that are reshaping, redefining, and re-imagining our world.

Leadership support for The NEXT New York Conversation is provided by MetLife Foundation.

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