From a former presidential speechwriter and top journalists to two White House chiefs of staff, Washington insiders are coming to AU once again to share their expertise during a three-night conversation series. These exclusive AU in-person events feature live discussions of today’s critical issues including transition of presidential power and fast-approaching midterm elections. This event series is open to faculty, staff, and students, and alumni.
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Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America
6 p.m. Thursday, October 6
The Sine Institute of Policy and Politics welcomes 2020 Sine fellow and former chief speechwriter for President Barack Obama, Cody Keenan, for a discussion of his book: Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America.
2022 Midterm Elections: Expecting the Unexpected
6:30 p.m. Friday, October 7
Join the School of Public Affairs and the Sine Institute for a discussion of the upcoming midterm elections. Panelists—Sine executive director Amy Dacey, Politico journalist Anita Kumar, New York Times journalists Jonathan Martin (co-author of This Will Not Pass) and Zolan Kanno-Youngs—share their thoughts on the trends they see one month before the election, potential surprises on the horizon, and what it means for the rest of President Biden’s first term. SPA’s Women and Politics Institute executive director Betsy Fisher-Martin moderates.
Peaceful Transition of Power: Protecting Our Democracy
7 p.m. Saturday, October 8
AU president Sylvia Burwell leads a panel discussion on the presidential transition of power, featuring former White House chiefs of staff Joshua Bolten and John Podesta and Kogod dean David Marchick and his new book, The Peaceful Transfer of Power: An Oral History of America’s Presidential Transitions, which builds on Marchick’s experience as an advisor to President Biden’s transition team.