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April 21, 2024

The Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium has postponed its event featuring author and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin due to Hurricane Sandy, which hit the region prior to Toobin’s scheduled appearance on Tuesday night.

A date for his rescheduled speech has not yet been chosen.

The decision was made on Sunday, after forecasts for Sandy projected that the storm would make landfall along the mid-Atlantic coast.

“We decided that given the storm’s path, it would be unsafe for Mr. Toobin to travel here, and for attendees to travel to Shriver [Hall],” junior Chris Alvarez, Co-Chair of the 2012 Symposium, said.

Toobin supported the decision and is now working with the Symposium’s chairs to find a suitable time to reschedule. Alvarez said that the event will ideally occur before Thanksgiving. The staff is looking for a time when both Toobin and Shriver Hall are available, and when no other major events are taking place on campus.

The Symposium initially chose Toobin to speak in light of the heated politics of the season.

“MSE always tries to bring many different viewpoints, and we thought, given the election, Mr. Toobin would be a great speaker,” Alvarez said.

Mr. Toobin is a senior analyst at CNN and writes for The New Yorker. He has also authored six books, including The Nine: Inside the World of the Supreme Court, which received several awards. His most recent book, The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court was released on Sept. 18 this year.

The Symposium’s theme is the “Power of the Individual: How One Voice Can Change the World.”

Toobin will contribute to the overall message of this theme.

“[He will be] supplying his own vision, and what he really thinks about the election.”

Toobin hopes to discuss with Hopkins his most recent book, as well as the Obama administration, Alvarez said.

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