“What it Means to Love America”: Dan Rather on his new book, What Unites Us: The Graphic Novel, with Host Priya David Clemens, on Zoom | Mechanics' Institute

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“What it Means to Love America”: Dan Rather on his new book, What Unites Us: The Graphic Novel, with Host Priya David Clemens, on Zoom
Presented by Bay Area Book Festival, Co-sponsored by Mechanics’ Institute

Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 6:00pm

Information and “the news” have become contested territories, with more people than ever, especially the young, feeling that they just can’t trust what they read, hear and watch. That’s a dangerous situation in the current moment of cultural and political reckoning when Americans need to work together. Times like these are when we’re especially grateful for broadcast journalist Dan Rather.

In this live, virtual conversation between Dan and Priya Clemens, host of KQED Newsroom, you’ll have the chance to ask one of our most revered living legends your questions about this extraordinary moment we find ourselves in, and where we go from here. At the dawn of a new administration, as hope begins to creep back in, there’s no better time—and no better person—to guide us.


Dan Rather has earned his place as one of the world’s best-known journalists for the past six decades. He has interviewed every president since Eisenhower and, over that time, personally covered almost every important dateline in the United States and around the world. Rather joined CBS News in 1962. He quickly rose through the ranks, and in 1981 he assumed the position of Anchor and Managing Editor of the CBS Evening News--a post he held for twenty-four years. His reporting across the network helped turn 60 Minutes into an institution, launched 48 Hours as an innovative news magazine program, and shaped countless specials and documentaries. Upon leaving CBS, Rather returned to the in-depth reporting he always loved, creating the Emmy Award winning Dan Rather Reports on HDNet. Now, building upon that foundation, he is president and CEO of News and Guts, an independent production company he founded that specializes in high-quality nonfiction content across a range of traditional and digital distribution channels.


Priya David Clemens is the host of KQED Newsroom, the long-running television weekly news series. As a national correspondent for CBS News (2008-2012), she reported for the CBS Evening News and The Early Show, anchored the CBS Weekend Early Show news desk and filled in as host of the Saturday and Sunday CBS Evening News. At NBC News (2002-2004), Clemens was a producer and news associate for NBC Weekend Nightly News, Dateline, Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and News with Brian Williams.


Event Details

Each ticket includes private access to the event recording for 10 days following the live event. Limited copies of What Unites Us: The Graphic Novel with signed bookplate available with your ticket purchase! All copies will be shipped by Green Apple Books in San Francisco. Only book orders that ship within the United States will be accepted.


Discount code: midyhfu41a for $11 off book/admission ticket. (Special offer limited to 50 attendees. Use code while filling in credit card information.)

Event Admission $20

Event Admission + SIGNED copy of What Unites Us (while supplies last) $40




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