Rachel Maddow

Thursday, June 13, 2024, at 7:30 p.m.
Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd., Houston, TX 77005

America beat fascism once. Maddow’s timely study of enemies on the home front urges that we can do so again. — Kirkus, starred review

RAPID SELLOUT LIKELY! The Progressive Forum is pleased to welcome back Emmy Award-winning MSNBC host, Rachel Maddow, who will discuss her #1 New York Times bestseller, Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism. Maddow will be in conversation with Progressive Forum founder, Randall Morton. Paying attendees will receive a free copy of Prequel and a signed bookplate. 

About Prequel: An American Fight Against Fascism

Prequel traces the fight to preserve American democracy back to the 1930s, when a handful of committed public servants and brave private citizens thwarted far-right plotters trying to steer our nation toward an alliance with the Nazis. Before and even after our troops had begun fighting abroad in World War II, a clandestine network flooded the country with disinformation aimed at sapping the strength of the US war effort and persuading Americans that our natural alliance was with the Axis, not against it. It was a sophisticated and shockingly well-funded campaign, including elected officials, to undermine democratic institutions, promote anti-semitism, and destroy citizen confidence in our elected leaders, with the ultimate goal of overthrowing the US government and installing authoritarian rule. The heroic efforts of journalists, prosecutors, and regular citizens exposing the insurrectionists makes for a relevant tale for our disquieting times.  

About Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow is the host of The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, as well as the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Drift and Blowout. Born in Castro Valley, California, Maddow received a BA in public policy from Stanford University and earned a doctorate at Oxford, where she studied on a Rhodes Scholarship. She lives in New York City and Massachusetts with her partner, artist Susan Mikula. She appeared at The Progressive Forum March 10, 2013, discussing Drift. View her event page and recording here. 

Generously sponsored by Mike and Jenny Blocher, Ann Hamilton, and Poppi Massey

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We encourage ride-sharing and early arrival for this sellout. Update: Theater doors open at 6 p.m. when ticket holders can take their seats.

Door search, metal detectors, no large bags: Please refrain from bringing backpacks and anything larger than a lady’s handbag into the event. Metal detectors will be used. Large items will be asked to be returned to your vehicle. All items are subject to search at the door.

Program is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd, Houston, TX, 77005, across from Rice University. Program is scheduled to end about 9 p.m.

No additional tickets are available for purchase. You must present a bar code to the ushers either on your printed tickets or your phone/email. Your ticket confirmation email is not a ticket. To get your barcode ticket, click View Tickets in your confirmation receipt from Etix.  Should you need assistance locating your bar code, please visit the box office/ticket assistance line in the Congregation Emanu El lobby. Our greeters will direct you.

Parking: Free parking is available in the Congregation Emanu El campus garage, and free overflow parking is  available along with a free shuttle at nearby the Medical Clinic of Houston garage, 1707 Sunset Blvd. If the Emanu El garage is full, an officer will direct you to the overflow garage. You may also use the overflow garage as a first option.

Ticketed attendees may pick up a free book and signed bookplate at the Blue Willow Bookshop tables. Books are only distributed with a ticket at the event. We are unable to provide books after the event or for no-show tickets.

No private patron reception or book signing at the evening’s conclusion. 

Disability patrons are eligible for any ticket price. Ushers will seat disability patrons in the aisles in the rear nearest restrooms. All rows are close to the speaker podium in the intimate seating environment. 

During the lecture program, we will ask the audience to silence their personal digital devices, asking for no photography or videography.  

Feel free to contact The Progressive Forum by email at info@progressiveforumhouston.org.