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November 2, 2021 - Racelle Weiman, international scholar in Conflict and Genocide Studies, offered guidelines on how to resolve conflict in our country, rather than continue down the path of polarization. Constructive collaboration and mutual respect, she shows, are goals well within reach. View the video here.

October 19, 2021 - John King, University of Maryland Professor John B. King is candidate for Governor of Maryland and served as President Obama’s U.S. Secretary of Education. Professor King discusses the future of education in the COVID era – and how to stand up to far-right attacks on education surrounding Critical Race Theory. He presents the various contentious views regarding how America's racial history should be including in today's educational system. View the video here.

 

October 5, 2021 - Nancy MacLeanProfessor of History and Political Science at Duke University discusses her most recent book, Democracy In Chains: The Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America, which Booklist called “perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that threatens to irrevocably alter American government.  She offers a stimulating account of how right-wing economist James Buchanan and billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch embarked on an insidious campaign decades ago to fight big government and undermine our nation's democracy. Their effort was a major factor in the election of Donald Trump in 2016.  View the video here.

September 21, 2021 - Johannes Werner, an initiator of the Suncoast Jobs Alliance and an active member of the Sarasota County Democratic Party, describes President Biden's ambitious program to tackle climate change and well-paying jobs.  He provides a detailed projection as to how this program might create billion-dollar opportunities to reshape transportation, our water and sewage systems, the way we generate and consume electricity, and internet access. View the  video here.  

September 14, 2021 - Jonathan Alter, award-winning author, political analyst, documentary filmmaker, columnist, television producer, and radio host explains how the Republican party has evolved into a dangerous threat to American democracy.  He provides critical direction on how the Democratic party can more aggressively fight the Republican challenge and take the lead. View the video here.  

July 6, 2021 - William Lasser, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Clemson University, illuminates 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 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 presents Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal.  Professor Pollin discusses a plan for global climate stabilization, 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 here.

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

April 6, 2021 - Sherry Cooper presents The Economy: What Does the Future Hold For Us? Dr. Cooper discusses 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 here.

 

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