Political commentator, author Sykes goes 'On the Issues' at Marquette Law School

September 12, 2017

MILWAUKEE — Political commentator and author Charlie Sykes will be the featured guest in an upcoming "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Lubar Center at Marquette University Law School's Eckstein Hall.

For more than 20 years, Sykes was arguably the most influential conservative voice in Wisconsin. His career took a dramatic turn in 2016, when Sykes interviewed then-candidate Donald Trump on his Milwaukee-based radio show before the Wisconsin primary election. Sykes, who was part of the "never Trump" movement, aggressively challenged Trump. The interview made national news, and gave Sykes more of a national profile. It also earned him some enemies in the Republican Party.

Today, Sykes no longer does his local radio show. He is a political commentator for MSNBC, has hosted a New-York based public radio show, and has written for a number of publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, and National Review. He is also the author of eight books, with a ninth on the way. His new book, "How the Right Lost its Mind," will be released Oct. 3. Sykes will discuss his book, conservatism, and American politics today during his visit to the Lubar Center.

Gousha, an award-winning broadcast journalist, is the Law School's distinguished fellow in law and public policy. His "On the Issues" series of conversations with newsmakers supports Marquette Law School's commitment to serve as a modern-day public square for the city of Milwaukee, the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

Through public programming such as the Marquette Law School Poll, debates featuring candidates in significant political races, Gousha's "On the Issues" conversations with newsmakers, public lectures by leading scholars and conferences on significant issues of public importance, the Law School serves as the region's leading venue for serious civil discourse about law and public policy matters.

The event is at capacity for members of the general public; registration for a waiting list is available online. Members of the media who are interested in attending should contact Chris Jenkins in the Office of Marketing and Communication.