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Jamie Raskin, Fiona Hill, John Yarmuth

Kentuckians who watched Democratic Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland manage the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump last February and now see him on the committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol assault may not realize he has carried out these duties under tremendously difficult personal circumstances. 

Raskin, who buried his adult son just one day before he was present during the assault on the U.S. Capitol in 2021, will be a part of The University of Louisville’s first Kentucky Author Forum of 2022 alongside Dr. Fiona Hill and in conversation with Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth.

The nationally-recognized literary event, which returns in person on Monday, Jan. 24, matches authors with an interviewer for an hour-long candid conversation taking place before a live audience at the Bomhard Theater at Kentucky Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St.

Since 1996, Mary Moss Greenebaum has produced the world-class Kentucky Author Forum.

“It’s like eavesdropping on a conversation we never expect to hear,” Greenebaum told the Courier Journal. “In this instance, I thought the intersecting experiences of Congressman Raskin, Dr. Hill and Congressman Yarmuth was a dialogue that needs to happen.”

Raskin, who represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, is the author of “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy.” 

In his memoir, Raskin writes about the events of Jan. 6, 2021, just one day after the burial of his son, Thomas Bloom Raskin. On that day, Raskin and colleagues were trapped in the Capitol where they had gathered to witness the certification of Joe Biden’s election as President.

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Soon after the insurrection failed, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), tapped Raskin to be the lead manager of Trump’s second impeachment trial. Raskin now serves as a member of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

Raskin and Yarmuth will be joined on Jan. 24 by Hill, the author of “There Is Nothing for You: Finding Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century.” Hill is a senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program at The Brookings Institution and served as the key impeachment witness into charges of presidential misconduct during the U.S. House of Representatives Trump-Ukraine impeachment inquiry.

The daughter of a coal-miner, Hill grew up in northern England. With the mines closing, Hill’s father encouraged her to leave her declining hometown to find a better life elsewhere. The title of her book, “There is Nothing for You,” came from her father’s advice to move away.  

Hill went on to study in Moscow and at Harvard. She became an American citizen, Senior Director of European and Russian Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council and served under three U.S. presidents.

Her memoir is a deeply personal account in which she shares what she has learned throughout her career and why she feels expanding opportunity is the only long-term hope for our democracy.

“We are very pleased with this combination of experts we have coming for the first Authors Forum of 2022,” Greenebaum said. “It feels like we have been gone for a very long time because of the pandemic and this is a great way to relaunch our in-person events.”  

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In a typical year, The University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum will host four or five speaker events. Past author and interview pairings have included: Yo-Yo Ma and Teddy Abrams, Nicole Krauss and Elizabeth Blair, Richard Haass and Francis Fukuyama, Matthew Barzun and Amy Edmondson and more.

The live show is recorded and distributed by KET and airs as the series “Great Conversations” on PBS member stations across the country and is available to stream on its website.

Reach Kirby Adams at kadams@courier-journal.com or Twitter @kirbylouisville. 

University of Louisville Kentucky Author Forum

WHAT: Maryland Democractic Rep. Jamie Raskin will be a part of The University of Louisville’s first Kentucky Author Forum of 2022 along with Dr. Fiona Hill in conversation with Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth.

WHERE: Kentucky Center Bomhard Theater, 501 W. Main St.

WHEN: Jan. 24 

  • 5 p.m.: Wine and cheese reception, Carmichael’s Bookstore book sale in the lobby 
  • 6 p.m.: Discussion with Raskin and Hill in the Bomhard Theater
  • 7 p.m.: Q&A with audience
  • 7:30 p.m.: Dinner in honor of Raskin and Hill at Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. 6th St., with Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth as Master of Ceremonies.

COST: $30 package includes all evening events before 7:30 p.m.; $130 package includes all events, plus dinner. ($40 tax-deductible contribution to non-profit Kentucky Author Forum).

TICKETS: Tickets are available at The Kentucky Center box office or Kentuckyperformingarts.org

COVID-19 PROTOCOL: To gain entry to this event, all patrons must wear masks and provide proof of vaccination or proof of negative COVID test, PCR Test no older than 72 hours from arrival at the event or Antigen Test no older than 24 hours from arrival at the event.

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