Second Acts: Recovering from Scandal
Krystal Ball, jonathan miller, michael steele, and jeff smith

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
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Crisis management and scandal recovery have captured the moment, from big-league sports to New York City’s recent political silly season. PR firms are rebranding themselves as crisis advisers. Ex-White House aides are peddling their bona fides. While the public sees scandal through a tabloid lens, at its heart are flawed human beings making mistakes, acting emotionally, and trying to preserve their reputations and careers. “Recovering politicians” who suffered highly publicized scandals share their stories, offer guidance, and comment on the latest attempts to launch second acts. Presented by the Center for New York City Affairs at The New School for Public Engagement.


Krystal Ball, co-host, MSNBC's The Cycle; former Virginia congressional candidate
Jonathan Miller, Daily Beast columnist; No Labels co-founder; former Kentucky state treasurer
Michael Steele, co-chairman, Purple Nation Strategies; former Republican National Committee chairman

Jeff Smith, assistant professor of politics and advocacy, The New School; former Missouri state senator (moderator)

WHEN Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
WHERE Theresa Lang Community and Student Center (Room I202), Arnhold Hall
TICKETS Free and open to the public; RSVP at

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