Democrat Beto O’Rourke rose to national prominence with competitive campaigning in Republican Texas. Now, the former El Paso Congressman is turning his energy toward voting rights, an essential part of a productive democracy. In his new book, We’ve Got to Try: How the Fight for Voting Rights Makes Everything Else Possible, O’Rourke connects voting rights and democracy to the major issues of our time, sharing what he saw, heard, and learned while campaigning throughout the 254 counties of his home state during his Senatorial and gubernatorial runs.


Join O’Rourke as he sits down with Brandis Friedman, co-anchor of WTTW’s Chicago Tonight, for a conversation on just how essential it is that the sacred right to vote is protected and that we each do our part to save our democracy for generations to come.


A book signing will follow this program.


In partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival.