The event was part of the popular Conversations and Connections series,
an alumni networking event hosted by the offices of Development and
Alumni Relations and Career Services, and, in this instance, the Center
for Political Communication (CPC).
Conversations and Connections draws together current students, alumni
and friends all interested in broad, far-ranging topics in which UD has
a strong foothold. Past events have focused on industries such as
fashion, finance and technology.
In addition to the panel discussion on digital politics, members of the Delaware Diamonds Society
giving society and donors to the CPC and College of Arts and Sciences
had the rare chance to tour NPR’s headquarters earlier in the evening,
walking through the newsroom, sitting in production studios and even
meeting on-air personalities Audie Cornish, one of NPR’s All Things Considered anchors, and Mara Liasson, NPR’s senior political correspondent.
“We have to operate on all platforms, reach people in every possible
way they consume news,” said Liasson, who fielded questions about the
changing media landscape and provided a run-down of her day, which
ranged from blog posts to interviews to the write-through of the
following day’s Morning Edition.
All attendees raved about the evening and presentations.
“By far one of the most interesting alumni events I’ve been to,” said
Joseph Amann, who has attended (and served as a panelist for) previous
Conversations and Connections events in New York City. “[The NPR
building] is even cooler than you’d imagine it to be.”
The bright glow of hundreds of UD photos illuminated the lobby from a
two-story-high electronic mosaic wall, flashing images of prominent
alumni, national speakers and eminent faculty that have helped cement
UD’s status as the “epicenter of politics.”
A Times Square-style electronic “ticker” also zipped overhead touting
the “leading the way” motto of the College of Arts and Sciences and a New York Times columnist’s designation of UD as a “maker of political kings.”
Students benefited from the networking event as well, chatting up the speakers and alumni before and after the event.
Freshman political science and international major Tamar Epps sought
advice from NPR reporter Sam Sanders on the importance of black voices
in the media.
“It’s fascinating to be here,” she said after their discussion. “I’m
so glad we have events like this, where we can meet and learn from
leaders in the field. It’s an incredible opportunity.”