The first event of the Bill and Ronna Shipman Distinguished Speaker Series in Presidential Studies will be held on Tuesday, October 26 at 7 p.m. in Waltmar Theater at Chapman.  The event will feature special guest John Heilemann, and the community is welcome to attend.  Heilemann has covered national affairs — on television and in print, in the United States and abroad— for the past three decades, earning a place as one of America’s most prominent and vital voices at a moment when politics and public policy have rarely been more riveting or consequential.

The event is complimentary, but tickets, which can be reserved here, are required.

Heilemann is a co-founder of Recount Media and the editor-in-chief of The Recount, a new platform for short-form video covering politics. He is a co-host and executive producer of The Circus, the heralded weekly political documentary series now in its sixth season on Showtime. He is National Affairs Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, where he appears on Morning Joe, The Last Word, Deadline: White House, and The 11th Hour. And he is the co-author of two of the most successful and influential books in history on presidential politics: Game Change and Double Down, widely regarded as the definitive chronicles of the 2008 and 2012 elections, respectively. A New York Times No. 1 best-seller and worldwide sensation, reprinted in nine languages, Game Change was adapted by HBO Films into a movie of the same name, which went on to win five Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes, and a Peabody Award.