American Public Square at Jewell along with event co-chairs, Mary and Mark Jorgenson and Stephenie and Rodney Smith, hosted American Public Square’s premier annual event, Evening at the Square, which took place Monday, December 4 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
This year’s event featured a conversation between two renowned political experts, David Axelrod and Michael Steele. David Axelrod is a political strategist, commentator, and former chief strategist and senior advisor to President Barack Obama; he was the founding director of the University of Chicago’s non-partisan Institute of Politics and now serves as a senior fellow to that organization. Michael Steele is the former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, the former Lt. Governor of the State of Maryland, a political analyst for MSNBC, and host of The Michael Steele Podcast.
The program was moderated by APS Founder, CEO and Chair, Amb. Allan Katz, and Margaret Talev, former White House correspondent for Bloomberg News and McClatchey Newspapers, now Director of the Syracuse University Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship.
The 2023 Founder’s Civility Award was awarded to SuEllen Fried, bullying prevention activist, writer, and educator.