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July 6, 2021 - William Lasser, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Clemson University, illuminated the historical roots of current controversies around the Supreme Court. Learn how contemporary crises around the court’s legitimacy are similar as well as different from past ones and how the court reflects – yet can withstand – societal divisions. View the video of this event here.


June 1, 2021 - Robert Pollin, Distinguished Professor of Economics and Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst presented Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal.  Professor Pollin discussed a plan for global climate stabilization and what we can all do and why we must transition to a clean energy system, which will actually raise living standards globally for working people and the poor. View the video of this event here.

May 4, 2021 - Val Demings, U.S. Representative from Florida's 10th Congressional District, opened this event by sharing her thoughts on a wide range of political issues facing Florida and the nation. Then Commissioner Nikki Fried reviewed some of her work leading the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. View the video of this event here.

April 6, 2021 - Sherry Cooper presented The Economy: What Does the Future Hold For Us? Dr. Cooper discussed what the economic rebound develops, why interest rates are rising, the fiscal stimulus, long-term unemployment, the great political divide, and the relationship of the stock market to the economy. View the video of this event here.


March 2, 2021 - David Houle on The Future of the Democratic Party.  He summarized the 2020 election and forecast 2022 as well as the near-term future of the Democratic Party. He provided his perspectives on the overarching dynamics and macro-trends that could positively affect the Democratic Party this decade as well as his views on the disturbing changes that have occurred in the GOP since the 2016 election.  View the video of this event here.

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February 2, 2021 - Susan MacManus, USF Distinguished University Professor (Political Science) Emerita discussed Florida’s Changing Demographics Make Polling Difficult. Dr. McManus told us how political parties, candidates, elected officials, and government agencies all rely on public opinion polls for information, even while polling is very difficult in Florida. Dr. MacManus offered insights into why Joe Biden did not win Florida and provided much useful information on how to prepare for future Florida elections. View the video of this event here.


January 20, 2021 - A Toast the Biden Presidency and Share Some Fun!  At this virtual event, we saluted the beginning of 2021 and the Biden Presidency. View the video of this event here.

January 5, 2021 - Erin Vilardi, founder, and CEO of Vote Run Lead discussed What Will It Take? Strategies For Building the Democracy We Deserve. Erin is the CEO and Founder of Vote Run Lead,  the nation’s largest and most diverse training program for women to run for office and win.  She emphasized the importance of local elections, the impact of women on the political process, and some election reforms we should be thinking about.. View the video of this event here.

December 15, 2020 - Christopher Hill is a four-time ambassador nominated by three presidents whose last post was U.S. Ambassador to Iraq from April 2009 to August 2010.  Ambassador Hill discussed President-Elect Biden's Cabinet Picks and Their Impact on U.S. National Security. View the video of this event here.