Maharishi School is honored to announce its 2016 Graduation Speaker, class of 2000 MSAE alumni and nationally acclaimed political author Ari Berman. The Graduation Ceremony is Sunday, June 12th, at 1:30 in Henry Ogden Clark Hall at Maharishi School. The public is welcome to attend.
Ari Berman is a senior contributing writer for The Nation magazine and a Reporting Fellow at The Nation Institute. He has written extensively about American politics, civil rights and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian, and he is a frequent political commentator on MSNBC, PBS, C-Span and NPR. On April 21, 2016, he testified at a Congressional Briefing on the Threat of Voter Suppression.
His new book, Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, was named one of the best books of 2015 by the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, NPR and Kirkus Reviews. Publishers Weekly called the book one of the most anticipated books of the fall, writing “Berman does a superb job of making the history of the right to vote in America not only easily understandable, but riveting.”
The New York Times Sunday Book Review described it as “an engrossing narrative history,” and the Washington Post called it ""A must-read...This book should become a primer for every American...It is the first history of the contemporary voting rights movement in the United States. It is long overdue, but Berman’s extensive reporting makes it well worth the wait."
His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in October 2010.
Mr. Berman graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a degree in journalism and political science. He lives in New York City.