Robert Shrum: kinda an awesome guy

By: NYU Florence Sophomore Morgan Hubbard

The definition of a modern Renaissance man, Robert Shrum is a man of many talents—a political analyst, a Democratic strategist and speechwriter, and a senior fellow at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service to name a few. The Atlantic Monthly describes Shrum as “the most sought-after consultant in the Democratic Party.” Originally from a suburb of Pittsburg, Shrum later moved to Los Angeles where he attended Loyola High School before continuing on to Georgetown University, earning his undergraduate degree before completing a Juris Doctor Degree at Harvard Univeristy. Shrum hit the ground running and kick started his political career as a speechwriter for John Lindsay and Edmund Muskie, in their respective campaigns for the Mayor of New York City. Later he worked with George McGovern and spent time on Jimmy Carter’s 1976 presidential campaign. Thereafter, Shrum served as the staff director and chief council of the United States Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs; in 1980 Shrum worked as Edward Kennedy’s principal speechwriter, most lauded for his speech presented at the 1980 Democratic Convention. In 1986 Shrum began work as a political consultant for Democratic candidates at the presidential, congressional, and gubernatorial levels. He served as the senior adviser to the 2000 Gore presidential campaign and the 2004 Kerry-Edwards presidential campaign, in addition to working on the campaign of Prime Minister Ehud Barak of Israel.

Shrum’s political memoir, No Excuses: Concessions of a Serial Campaigner, in which he vividly recounts the candid personalities that helped shape the outcome of the tightest and most crucial elections of our generation, was published in June 2007. Shrum also is a regular online columnist for Newsweek’s The Daily Beast and has been featured in New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The New Republic, among others.

Currently Shrum is a Senior Fellow at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he teaches a class on Domestic Policy Formation & Analysis and an undergraduate seminar discussing presidential debates and speeches since the 1960s. Shrum is married to Marylouise Oates, a writer and former columnist for The Los Angeles
Times, who also works at the NYU Wagner School of Public Service as Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration.

Keep up to date with Shrum on his Twitter, as well as his weekly articles in The Daily Beast – and click here for a really adorable pic of Shrum n’ Oates. They will be in residence at NYU Florence for a couple months this semester.

So everyone should DEFINITELY attend the upcoming LPD Journalism Workshop with Marylousie Oates on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Office of Villa La Pietra. AND the LPD event “U.S. Elections 1960-2012: Looking back” Dialogues with Professor Robert Shrum : February 27th, March 6th and 20th in Villa Sassetti at 6:00pm

Because this power couple is the new Angelina and Brad of Florence…

RSVP at lapietra.dialogues@nyu.edu

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