John M. O'Hara, a key figure in the Tea Party movement, will discuss its origin, primary issues, and impact on American politics. The program will be the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS)'s 2011 J.N. Heiskell Distinguished Lecture, and is part of the Arkansas Literary Festival on Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m. in the Main Library's Darragh Center at 100 Rock Street.
In A New American Tea Party, author O'Hara chronicles the history and principles of the tea party movement. O'Hara is vice president of external relations at the Illinois Policy Institute, a nonpartisan research organization dedicated to supporting free market principles and liberty-based public policy initiatives for a better Illinois. Before joining IPI, he worked as the assistant director of communications at The Heartland Institute and served as a political appointee under U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao in the administration of George W. Bush. Prior to that, O'Hara was a Collegiate Network journalism fellow at the American Spectator. He has been active in political campaigns at the state and federal level, including one presidential campaign.
O'Hara is a contributor to BigGovernment.com and the Daily Caller. He has appeared as a commentator on a number of local and national radio and television programs including the Dennis Miller Show, Mancow, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Savage Nation, Milt Rosenberg's Extension 720, Fox News Channel's Your World with Neil Cavuto, America's Newsroom, Strategy Room, and Fox & Friends, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews and Comedy Central's the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
The Heiskell Distinguished Lecture is named for J.N. Heiskell, the longest-serving member of the Library's Board of Trustees and editor of the Arkansas Gazette for more than seventy years. Speakers and programs honor Mr. Heiskell's commitment to excellence in journalism as well as his support of the library.
The program is free and open to the public. A book signing and reception will follow the lecture. For reservations or more information, call 918-3029 or email Lee Ann Blackwell, CALS Public Relations Specialist.
For more information, contact Susan Hill Gelé at 918-3086.