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12 June 2019 - 12 June 2019

Addressing Civic Despair: Leadership in Tough Times with Russ Feingold (Wisconsin & Magdalen 1975)

  • Rhodes House
  • 5:30 - 7:00pm
Russ Fiengold

In the last couple of years, we have experienced what feels to many like a cataclysmic attack on the institutions and values that are the foundation of freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. The time is now for young leaders to strategize and act to counter the rise of authoritarianism and extreme nationalism whether in the United States, Brazil, Hungary, Tanzania, the Philippines and beyond.

Russ Feingold served as a United States Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 to 2011 and a Wisconsin State Senator from 1983 to 1993. From 2013 to 2015, Russ served as the United States Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

During his eighteen years in the United States Senate, Feingold was ranked 6th in the Senate for bipartisan voting. He is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, and cosponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (McCain-Feingold Act), the only major piece of campaign finance reform legislation passed into law in decades. Russ was the only Senator to vote against the initial enactment of the USA PATRIOT Act during the first vote on the legislation and was well-known for his opposition to the Iraq War. He served on the Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Budget, and Intelligence Committees.

In addition to his congressional and diplomatic career, Russ was a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and he has taught or lectured at Stanford University and Stanford University Law School, Lawrence University, Marquette University Law School, American University, and Beloit College. He contributes regularly to various publications including The Guardian. Senator Feingold holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar), and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Please note, this event is for Rhodes Scholars only. Sign-up is imperative for Scholars to attend.


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Rhodes House does not have visitor parking. We recommend using one of the convenient Park & Ride sites.

Rhodes House is fully wheelchair-accessible with a lift allowing access to all of the programmed sessions.