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56 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Growing Black And Latino Power in Congress
Dr. Alvin Tillery, Dr. Michael Minta and Dr. Jamil Scott discuss the growing power of Black and Latinos in Congress in relation to the BLM protest movement and if Congress and more mainstream Black and Latino civil rights organizations are addressing the priorities of the BLM movement.
60 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
The Power of Athletes
When Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the National Anthem in 2016 to protest police violence and racial inequity, he did more than shake up the NFL and the world of pro sports. His actions also sparked an unreported movement in high schools and colleges across the country. Join us to consider Kaepernick's impacts on sport, politics, and culture. Professor Douglas Hartmann moderates a conversation with Dave Zirin, who is the author of "The Kaepernick Effect".
61 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
What You Need to Know About Trump Supporters
Many Democrats would like to wish away the large portion of the country that remains enthusiastic supporters of former President Donald Trump. That won't work. Trump loyalists are among the most likely to vote in the 2022 midterm elections and may help flip Congress to Republican control. Why are they loyal to Trump? Can Democrats lure them away? Democratic pollster and former Yale University Professor Stanley Greenberg joins us to talk about his research on Trump voters.
61 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
The Power of Photography
We are accustomed to words and numbers as forms of communication. Photography is a visceral medium to express love, outrage at injustice, and a future of righteousness and morality. Nationally acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Bobby Rogers joins award-winning poet Douglas Kearney for a searching conversation. To see the photos, view this event on Youtube at z.umn.edu/Photography2021,
61 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Are You Ready for the 2022 Elections?
The fireworks from the 2020 elections are still fresh in our minds and yet politicians and their advisors are hard at work strategizing for the next election. Democrats are focused on retaining their narrow majority in the US House and protecting their working majority in the US Senate. But midterm elections often go against the party controlling the White House and Republicans see plenty of opportunity to regain control of Congress. Why does that matter now? Both parties are currently steering policy in Congress to help their chances in November 2022. Join prominent Republican and Democratic consultants and campaign leaders to understand the behind-the-scenes maneuvering.
58 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
What Is Going On In Washington DC?
Big promises, scary threats, and green shoots of hope are all at work in Congress and the White House. Famed Washington observer and scholar Sarah Binder joins U of M political scientist Kathryn Pearson to make sense of it all.
58 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Voter ID Verification: Balancing Access and Integrity
There is a common refrain that in an ideal election it is easy to vote and hard to cheat. Signature verification has been the gold standard of remote voter identity verification for decades. Technological innovation creates new opportunities and challenges. This webinar will explore current policies and future options for states and localities to ensure that voter verification is accurate, accessible, equitable, and feasible. Panelists will consider the benefits and drawbacks of signature matching, personal identification number requirements, photo identification requirements, third party identity verification, and step-up verification systems. Panel: Julie Anderson, Pierce County Auditor, State of Washington Paddy McGuire, Mason County Auditor, State of Washington Rachel Orey, Policy Analyst, Bipartisan Policy Center
63 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Health Care Innovation From COVID-19
As we emerge from COVID-19’s dark shadow, the pandemic is serving as a broad catalyst for change in consumer expectations and a reordering of work, business and the economy. The US health care system sits at the center of COVID’s reckoning and newly added urgency for lasting change. Inequities in access to care and the enormous challenges in caring for the persistently ill are top priorities as government and stakeholders explore the public health “lessons learned”. Join a discussion with Professor Michael Chernew, Harvard Medical School and Star Tribune reporter Chris Snowbeck, to explore how COVID can catalyze innovation to pay for the expanded medical care with fresh thinking about restraining the cost of treatment that supplies little or no value.
54 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
The New Danger in Voting Legislation
Georgia, Texas and other states are pursuing legislation that will make it more difficult to vote, especially for voters of color. Less attention has been paid to a second threat: giving the legislature a greater hand in who counts votes and how they are counted. Will this reform improve or damage the integrity of elections and the confidence of voters in their results? An impressive panel joins us: - Richard L. Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science, University of California, Irvine - Michael T. Morley, Associate Professor, Florida State University College of Law - Moderated by Tammy Patrick, Senior Advisor, Elections Program, Democracy Fund
60 minutes | May 20, 2021
Saving Live Music: A Conversation with Dessa and Dayna Frank
Independent music venues across the nation were devastated by COVID - the first to close and among the last to open. In response, venue owners, operators, and musicians banded together to form the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), securing government aid in December 2020. However, many venues are still struggling to get back on their feet. What will it take for live music to return? Musician and writer Dessa joins Minnesota music entrepreneur Dayna Frank and Minnesota Public Radio's arts reporter Euan Kerr.
61 minutes | May 10, 2021
Minnesota's Growing Political Diversity
Observers of state and national politics who lament the lack of racial and ethnic representation of elected officials should pay attention to Minnesota cities. Over the past few elections racially and ethnically diverse candidates have won elections and bring new perspectives to Minnesota city government. A panel of distinguished city officials include: - Councilmember Nadia Mohamed, St. Louis Park - Mayor Najwa Massad, Mankato - Mayor Maria Regan Gonzalez, Richfield - Moderator: Ricardo Lopez, Senior Political Reporter with the Minnesota Reformer
58 minutes | May 6, 2021
Money In Elections Matters
Money is the gas that pays for the consultants, staff, and advertising that equips candidates and their campaigns to get their messages out. Minnesota's competitive races have drawn increased spending on campaigns in the last two cycles. That's not all. When the campaign season is over and the legislative session begins, outside groups, political parties, and individual donors press their interests and influence in the legislative process, particularly in committees. Not surprisingly, elected politicians remember who gives cash. This panel will discuss the increased spending on federal and state elections in Minnesota, impacts on the Minnesota legislature, and reform proposals. Associate Professor Kathryn Pearson will present a new report documenting the vast sums of money flooding Minnesota politics and the potential impacts on the legislature. Professor Pearson will be joined by George Beck, and Ricardo Lopez.
60 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
Bipartisanship in Congress Still Matters: A Conversation with Frances Lee
Commentators report a simple story about Congress: it is rigidly divided like the Hatfields and McCoys. The results are either liberal or conservative legislation or stubborn deadlock. Not so far. Frances Lee finds that bipartisanship remains the key to legislative success on Capitol Hill as does compromise. Professor Lee brings her fresh interpretation of Congress to the current battle in Congress over Joe Biden’s liberal agenda.
57 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
The Next Era Of Capitalism with Hubert Joly and Rebecca Henderson
It’s fashionable to declare that capitalism is in decline – or even broken - because it isn’t working for those who need it most. But both individual firms and business leaders are now pushing back with exciting proposals for new directions. The next era of capitalism is the topic of an extraordinary conversation with former Best Buy Chairman and CEO Hubert Joly who makes the case for “shareholder capitalism” in his book, The Heart of Business. He is joined by Harvard Business School Professor Rebecca Henderson, author of Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire.
60 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
The Future of the Republican Party with Tim Pawlenty
Things have not gone well for the Republican Party. It lost the races for president and control of both houses of Congress after the two Democrats won the Georgia runoff elections. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty joins us to make the case for changing the GOP's current direction. He argues that the winning path combines conservative principles and populism to modernize the Republican brand. Democrats use government to advance equal outcomes while Republicans try to stop government overreach from trampling our liberties.
64 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Health Reform Take 3
How will President Biden proceed administratively and legislatively to build on the ACA? Will advocates for the Public Option prevail and, if they fail, will they be pragmatic or stop any reform? How will health care providers and the larger health care industry respond? And, by the way, the Supreme Court will be deciding a lawsuit aimed at declaring the ACA unconstitutional—again. One of Washington’s shrewdest health policy observers, Len Nichols, joins the Center for the Policy and Governance in this virtual event.
58 minutes | Mar 3, 2021
Voting: What Changed in 2020?
This webinar covers key changes in absentee and mail voting last year, as well as in-person voting options like early voting and vote centers. How are states responding this year—staying the course, returning to previous norms, or fine-tuning their processes? The event is co-hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the Humphrey School's Certificate in Election Administration (CEA) program.
64 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Kathleen Hall Jamieson on the Resilience of American Democracy
Donald Trump tapped a reservoir of radical hate by scapegoating immigrants and Black Americans victimized by police violence, lying about the presidential election results, and mobilizing a mob to assault Congress. Even as Trump swung away, a powerful story about American democracy emerged. The 2020 election demonstrated the durability of law, the courage of the free press, and the civic determination of Americans who organized and voted in record numbers. One of America's iconic observers of American public life - Kathleen Hall Jamieson - joins us to talk about the state of American democracy and its future.
62 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
What Can President Biden Accomplish in Congress? A Conversation with Norm Ornstein
President Joe Biden entered the White House with dire news blasting around him. The coronavirus continues its rampage across America, and the economy is on its knees. The President's much-promised "unity" is being tested by opposition from Republicans and Democrats, who either want more progressive or moderate policies. What are President Biden's prospects? Washington sage Norm Ornstein joins us, as well as Former Vice President Walter Mondale; Professor Larry Jacobs moderates.
63 minutes | Feb 15, 2021
A Conversation with Washington Post Reporter James Hohmann
James Hohmann joins us the day before Joe Biden's inauguration to preview its organization and significance. Drawing on his experiences in Washington, he also discusses Donald Trump's likely impact on the Biden administration and Republican Party and previews the new president's prospects to advance his policy agenda.
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