Graduate Studies Fall 2020 Events

Public Policy Events

Presidential Election Series

The Public Policy program is proud to present the Presidential Election Series, comprising of three very timely virtual lectures.  Below are the titles, speakers, dates, and times for each.  If you wish to attend any and/or all, please register using the Zoom information provided below each event.

Why Cities Lose: A conversation with Garth Myers (Urban Studies) and Sean Fitzpatrick (Public Policy Grad/Urban Studies) conducted by Abby Fisher Williamson (Political Science/Public Policy and Law) about how political structures in the United States disadvantage its urban centers.

10/19 4-5pm (over Zoom)

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Pandemics, Polarization, and Presidential PoliticsCo-sponsored with Trinity Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (TIIS). This panel, with Rachel Moskowitz (Public Policy and Law) and Kevin McMahon (Political Science) will explore various aspects of this year’s presidential race, including questions such as: Will factors that have mattered most in the past apply to the race this year? How closely should we pay attention to public opinion polls? Will President’s Trump handling of the Covid-19 crisis ultimately determine the victor in this race? Will the Supreme Court issue and the pending Senate confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett change the conversation of the campaign? What strategies are the two candidates employing and how might they make a difference when all the votes are counted?

10/22 Common Hour, 1:10-2pm (over Zoom)

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Red State/Blue State:  A conversation to help those living in more Democratic Blue states to understand the political situation on the ground in more Republican Red states. Trinity’s Kevin McMahon (Political Science) will moderate the discussion with Pearson Cross (University of Louisiana, Lafayette) and Randall Adkins (University of Nebraska, Omaha). Professor Cross is an expert on Louisiana politics. Professor Adkins is the editor of several books on congressional elections and an expert on perhaps the important congressional district for the 2020 presidential race (Nebraska-2).

10/28 5-6pm (over Zoom)

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