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  • Capital University - Mees Auditorium 1 College and Main Bexley, OH, 43209 United States (map)

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held at Capital University’s Mees Auditorium. Click here for a map.

About the Event

Thurber House is pleased to present U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown in partnership with Gramercy Books.

Since his election to the U.S. Senate in 2006, Sherrod Brown has sat on the Senate floor at a desk with a proud history. In Desk 88, he profiles eight Senators who were there before him, all of whom fought for a more just America. They range from Hugo Black, who helped to lift millions of American workers out of poverty, to Robert F. Kennedy, whose eyes were opened by an undernourished Mississippi child, to Idaho’s Glen Taylor, a singing cowboy who stood up to segregationists.

Brown also offers new insights into George McGovern, who fought to feed the poor around the world even amid personal and political calamities. He also writes about Herbert Lehman of New York, Al Gore Sr. of Tennessee, Theodore Francis Green of Rhode Island, and William Proxmire of Wisconsin.

These eight portraits in political courage tell of the triumphs and failures of politicians to fight against entrenched special interests and advance the cause of economic or racial fairness. Brown dramatizes the hard work and high ideals required to renew the social contract and create a new era in which Americans of all backgrounds can know the “Dignity of Work.”

This event will conclude with a book signing and the opportunity to meet Senator Brown.

Reading Only: $25
Reading and Book Combination: $45*

*Reading and Book Combination tickets include admission to the event and one copy of Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America (books will be available for pick up at the event).

Seating is open seating—first come, first serve. All tickets are non-refundable.

Parking is available in the large lots that border East Mound Street on the west side of College Avenue. Lot #1 is located behind Trinity Lutheran Seminary to the north of East Mound Street. Lot #2 is located directly south of East Mound Street.

Columbus Arts and Culture Fee — Exemption

Due to this event’s location, tickets are exempt from the Columbus arts and culture fee that went into effect on July 1, 2019. The ACF excludes tickets for events occurring outside the City of Columbus. The arts and culture fee provides public funds to support artists and arts/cultural organizations like Thurber House that educate and engage audiences of all ages. Click here for more information.