October 30, 2019: Joel Stein with Reza Aslan

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 7:30pm. Buy tickets here. At the Shapiro Memorial Synagogue at AJU’s Familian Campus 15600 Mulholland Drive Los Angeles, CA 90077.

Ticket: $20 One General Admission Ticket

Really Special Deal! $42 One General Admission ticket PLUS one copy of Joel Stein’s new book In Defense of Elitism

The American Jewish University and Writers Bloc presents Joel Stein in conversation with Reza Aslan.

Any reader of Joel Stein’s great columns in Time magazine knows that Joel lives to provoke, to needle (just a bit), and to make us think (a lot).  His new book, In Defense of Elitism: Why I’m Better Than You And You Are Better Than Someone Who Didn’t Buy This Book, takes a serious look at why and how Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. Joel examines the anti-elitism that produced Trump’s support, and he goes deep into Trump Country– spending a great deal of time in the county that boasted the highest percentage of Trump voters. He meets with fake news creators. It’s very serious material, but in Joel’s hands, it is of course very fun. As Joel says, “This is a call to arms for the elite. Not an actual call to arms, since we don’t think people should have those, but metaphoric arms, which are the type of arms that will be useless against the populists’ arms, which are real arms. Which is why I’m not standing up to the populists in person, but here in print, where none of them will know about it.” 

In conversation with Reza Aslan, host and producer of Rough Draft with Reza Aslan.  Reza is an internationally acclaimed scholar on religion, and the bestselling author of three books, including Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth