“Last Great Senate” Author to Speak at Simpson

Ira Shapiro, the author of “The Last Great Senate,” will speak at Simpson College March 29 as part of a Culver Public Policy Center’s “Pizza and Politics” event.

The free event will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Carver 231 on campus.

Shapiro will also speak from noon to 1 p.m. on March 29 at the Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Ave., in an event hosted by the library and the Culver Center.

Shapiro’s book focuses on the civility and statesmanship of senators in the late 1970s, a group that included Iowa Sen. John Culver, for whom the Culver Center is named.

Other senators featured prominently in the book include Robert Byrd, Howard Baker, Ted Kennedy, Jacob Javits, Henry Jackson, George McGovern and Bob Dole, among others.

Despite ideological and regional differences, the senators were able to transcend partisanship. Shapiro, who has held senior staff positions in the U.S. Senate, is expected to talk about differences between the way the Senate worked then and how it operates today.

Shapiro currently practices international trade law in Washington, D.C.

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