January 29, 2017 - 1:30pm
Prairie Lights

University of Iowa Law School Alumnus Douglas J. Patton will read from his new book, The White Guy in the Room: A Political Memoir. It is the story of Patton's journey from a young naïve college student from rural Iowa to a key and seasoned political player in the empowerment of blacks in America. The White Guy in the Room looks back on Patton’s Civil Rights work, campaign career, and decades of political work for Democrats. “Patton’s well-told account is a must read for anyone interested in race, urban studies and political sacrifice.” —Harry Jaffe

Patton has consulted on political campaigns for Ed Mezvinsky, Hubert Humphrey, Harold Hughes, Marion Barry and Barack Obama. He has served as Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development for the District of Columbia; was on two bank boards, and served as an ex-officio representative from the U.S. House of Representatives on the Federal Election Commission for over eighteen years.