- Tue, Nov 02Sarasota Yacht ClubRacelle Weiman, an international scholar, explains how to seek “moral intelligence” to resolve current conflict – rather than continue down the path of polarization. She will show us how constructive collaboration and mutual respect are goals well within reach.
- Tue, Dec 07Sarasota Yacht ClubWhat should the party of the elite do in a democracy when growing enfranchisement of the majority threatens its hold on power?
- Tue, Jan 04Sarasota Yacht ClubPlease save the date to join our luncheon and hear this dynamic US Congresswoman and candidate for US Senate. (To be confirmed.)
- Tue, Feb 01Sarasota Yacht ClubMargaret Good - Voter Registration is Critical to the Survival of Democracy - Luncheon with Speaker (1)Save the date!
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- Tue, Apr 05Sarasota Yacht ClubKeith Fitzgerald - Democracy in America, the 2021 report: Glimmers of Hope - Luncheon with Speaker (3)Save the date!
PAST EVENT VIDEOS
VIEW OUR PAST WEBINAR VIDEOS
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 discussed the future of education in the COVID era – and how to stand up to far-right attacks on education surrounding Critical Race Theory. He presented the various contentious views regarding how America's racial history should be including in today's educational system. The Q/A session that followed John King's presentation was very interesting and stimulating. View the video for this event here.
October 5, 2021 - Nancy MacLean, Professor of History and Political Science at Duke University spoke about 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. Professor MacLean provided 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 for this event here.
September 21, 2021 - Johannes Werner, an initiator of the Suncoast Jobs Alliance and an active member of the Sarasota County Democratic Party, described President Biden's ambitious program to tackle climate change and well-paying jobs. He provided 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 of this event here.
September 14, 2021 - Jonathan Alter, award-winning author, political analyst, documentary filmmaker, columnist, television producer, and radio host explained how the Republican party has evolved into a dangerous threat to American democracy. He provided critical direction on how the Democratic party can more aggressively fight the Republican challenge and take the lead. View the video of this event here.
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.
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.