Posted by madcityradio.com on March 02, 2009 at 18:09:39:
Redford to speak at The Progressive's 100th anniversary conference in Madison
By TOM ALESIA | WSJ
Robert Redford will deliver the keynote speech at The Progressive’s 100th anniversary conference, adding considerable star power to an event that will feature dozens of prominent writers and lawmakers. The conference will be May 1-2 in the Monona Terrace.
An April 30 concert — featuring Ani DiFranco, the Indigo Girls and several other performers — at the Orpheum Theatre will open the celebration for the Madison-based monthly magazine.
The Progressive’s editor, Matt Rothschild, met with Redford in May 2007. Redford was in Madison for Sundance Cinema, his art movie theater at Hilldale. The actor and activist wanted to participate in The Progressive’s event, but he couldn’t commit if a film project conflicted. That never happened.
"He’s been a supporter of The Progressive for several years," Rothschild said. "He was very friendly."
The conference, called "The Progressive and the Progressive Movement, Then and Now," has a $295 fee. The price includes access to two days of speakers and panels. Among the guests are civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, journalist and radio talk-show host Amy Goodman, historian and activist Howard Zinn, columnist and commentator Jim Hightower, activist Barbara Ehrenreich, former U.S. lawmaker George McGovern, radio show host Michael Feldman and political satirist Will Durst.
Tickets ($50 and $100) to the April 30 concert go on sale at noon March 14 in the Orpheum box office and through www.ticketmaster.com. To join the May 1-2 event, go to www.progressive.org/conference. There is space for more than 1,000 people to register for the conference.
"We’re having a huge event here," Rothschild said.
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