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The University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication presents National Agenda 2016: Road to the Presidency, featuring a wide variety of speakers discussing issues surrounding the Presidential Election. The speaker series is free and open to the public, held on select Wednesday evenings in Mitchell Hall on the University of Delaware's Newark campus, 7:30 to 9 pm. Please click here for information about directions and parking. National Agenda is made possible by generous support from the William P. Frank Foundation of Delaware and the University of Delaware's Office of the Provost and the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to the National Agenda speaker series, we will host Delaware Debates 2016 on Wednesday, October 19. Please visit our Delaware Debates page for details.

UD’s Center for Political Communication National Agenda 2015 program, “Race in America,” generated thought-provoking and civil dialogue about race in America at a time when campuses across the nation are struggling with the discussion. The program encouraged students, staff, faculty, and community members to join the conversation, and we are working on a project to continue the dialogue at UD. The Director of National Agenda is Dr. Lindsay Hoffman, who teaches Communication and Political Science, and is the CPC’s Associate Director.

To view previous National Agenda presentations, please visit the University of Delaware National Agenda YouTube Channel.

September 7, at 7:30pm, Mitchell Hall: Journalists Domenico Montanaro and Sam Sanders, NPR News

​Sam Sanders and Domenico Montanaro speak with Dr. Lindsay Hoffman on Sept. 7, 2016.

UD alumnus Domenico Montanaro (AS '01) is National Public Radio's lead editor for politics and digital audiences. Before joining NPR in 2015, Montanaro served as political director and senior producer for politics and law at PBS NewsHour. Sam Sanders is a reporter for NPR's Washington desk and also cohosts the NPR Politics podcast. See the entire conversation here and read about it in UDaily.

September 21, at 7:30pm, Mitchell Hall: Comedian and writer, Ashley Black, "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee"

​Ashley Black speaks with Dr. Lindsay Hoffman on Sept. 21, 2016.

Ashley Black is a writer on TBS's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and a regular at The Second City in Hollywood. She says her life's work is to use comedy to promote empathy. See the entire conversation here and read about it in UDaily.

October 5, at 7:30pm, Mitchell Hall: Author D. Watkins

​D. Watkins addresses the audience at the University of Delaware October 5, 2016.

D. Watkins is the recent author of two books detailing life as an African-American man growing up in Baltimore. His debut Watkins is a columnist for Salon, a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project. book,The Beast Side, offers a critique about racial inequality in America. His most recent book, The Cook Up, is a "crack rock memoir" that offers a riveting look at the Baltimore drug trade featured in The Wire.

Watkins is a columnist and Editor-at-Large for Salon, a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore and founder of the BMORE Writers Project.

See the entire conversation here and read about it in UDaily and The Review.

October 19: Delaware Debates

UD's David Wilson (left) and Delaware First Media's Nancy Karibjanian moderate a debate in October 2012, featuring gubernatorial candidates Jack Markell, the Democratic incumbent, and Jeff Cragg, the Republican challenger.

The Center for Political Communication, along with Delaware Public Media, will host the Gubernatorial and U.S. House of Representatives debates for Delaware on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, in Mitchell Hall, located on the University of Delaware's Newark campus. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and everyone must be seated by 6:30 p.m. The Delaware Debates will begin at 7 p.m. More details to come.

November 2, at 7:30pm, Mitchell Hall: Former Governor of Maryland Bob Ehrlich

The Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. is senior counsel in the Government Advocacy and Public Policy practice group at King & Spalding. He advises clients on a broad array of policy matters and their interactions with the federal government. Having served as Governor, U.S. Congressman, state legislator, and civil litigator, he counsels clients on an array of government matters, with particular expertise in health care, finance, and economic development. He recently released a book titled,Turning Point: Picking Up the Pieces after Eight Years of Failed Progressive Politics, which will be available for purchase.

November 16, at 7:30pm, Mitchell Hall: President Obama's Campaign Manager, David Plouffe

UD alumnus David Plouffe (AS '10) famously ran Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns. He is now Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy at Uber. He will provide a post-election "aftermath."

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National Agenda
  • Center for Political Communication
  • 190A Graham Hall, 111 Academy Street
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-7771