Unexpected Conversation Series: Eddie Glaude, Joe Scarborough & Mika Brzezinski

Jan 21, 2022, 8:00 pm9:00 pm
  • Office of Campus Engagement
  • Wintersession
  • Department of African American Studies
  • Faculty & Staff
  • Graduate Students
  • Undergraduate Students
Event Description

Who would you be most surprised to find in conversation together on stage? An anthropologist and a chemist? An athlete and a rabbi? A television host and a historian? During the Unexpected Conversation Series, anything is possible!

Join Professor Eddie Glaude, Chair and James S. McDonnell Distinguished Professor in the Department of African American Studies, in conversation with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of Morning Joe, for a wide-ranging and unexpected conversation. While Glaude, Scarborough and Brzezinski have shared a stage before, for this conversation they will only delve into unexpected topics. The three will interview each other about topics they have genuine curiosity about, whether it be about hobbies, poetry, career, personal lives or anything else they want to discuss. They won't know what the others will ask about until the event itself--you don't want to miss this unexpected conversation!

Meet the participants:


Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. He is the former president of the American Academy of Religion, the largest professional organization of scholars of religion in the world. Glaude is the author of several important books including Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, which has been described as “one of the most imaginative, daring books of the twenty-first century.” His most recent book, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, was released on June 30, 2020. Imani Perry describes the book as “precisely the witness we need for our treacherous times.” He is a columnist for Time Magazine and an MSNBC contributor on programs like Morning Joe, and Deadline Whitehouse with Nicolle Wallace. He also regularly appears on Meet the Press on Sundays.
He hails from Moss Point, Mississippi, a small town on the Gulf Coast, and is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.


Mika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, founder of “Know Your Value” and author of four best-selling books. In 2015, Mika launched “Know Your Value,” a nationwide movement in partnership with NBCUniversal to support an empowered and inclusive community that helps all women recognize, and be recognized for, their worth in business and in life. Prior to joining MSNBC in 2007, Mika was an anchor of CBS Evening News Weekend Edition and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes.In 2018, Mika was awarded with the New York Women in Communications’ Matrix Award. Mika, along with Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough, was inducted into the Cable News Hall of Fame in 2016. Mika also served as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School in the fall of 2017. Mika recently released EARN IT!: Know Your Value and Grow Your Career, in Your 20s and Beyond with co-author Daniela Pierre-Bravo, which provides young women the tools to find their voices and build success.


Former Congressman Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) is creator and co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” alongside Mika Brzezinski—a show that Time Magazine calls “revolutionary.” “Morning Joe” features interviews with top newsmakers and in-depth analysis of the day’s biggest stories. The New York Times has ranked Morning Joe as one of today’s top morning news shows and has praised Joe and Mika's natural repartee and off-the-cuff commentary. The New Yorker has described the show as "appallingly entertaining.” In 2016, Joe, along with host Mika Brzezinski, was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. Joe was named to the prestigious “Time 100” list of the world’s most influential people, and Vanity Fair named both Joe and Mika to their 2012 list of “Top Media Power Players.” In addition to his career in television, Joe is a Washington Post contributor, as well as a two-time New York Times best-selling author. His first work, Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day, predicted the collapse of the Republican majority and U.S. economy due to his party's reckless spending. His second book, The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise, draws on the forgotten genius of conservatism to offer a road map for the movement and the country. Most recently, Joe released The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics—and Can Again, which looks back in time to discern how Republicans once dominated American public life. From Eisenhower’s refusal to let “the perfect be the enemy of the good” to Reagan’s charismatic but resolutely practical genius, Joe shows how principled pragmatism combined with a commitment to core conservative values led to victory after victory. Joe served as a member of Congress from 1994-2001. While in office, he was a member of the Judiciary, Armed Services, Oversight, and National Security committees.

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Event Type
In Conversation
Event Category
AAS Co-Sponsored Events


Any individual, including visitors to campus, who requires an accommodation should contact Dionne Worthy (dworthy@princeton.edu) at least one week in advance of the event.