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Welcome to the Inauguration 2021 Academic Seminar

The Inauguration 2021 seminar is designed as an intensive virtual academic and experiential exploration of the American political landscape. Throughout the seminar, you will encounter a diverse range of people and hear from experts in a variety of academic and professional fields.

The goal of this intensive set of experiences is for you to develop a base of knowledge and understanding that will augment your prior academic learning and serve as a foundation for new insights well into the future.

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08:40 AM - 09:30 AM (EDT)
Opening Remarks

Kick off the seminar with opening remarks from TWC's Chief Academic Officer and the Inauguration 2021 Faculty Director.

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
COVID-19: The Politics of Public Health

This session will review the role of the government in a public health crisis. The discussion will begin by examining the concept of public health itself, how it’s linked with federalism, the role of states versus the role of the federal government and how partisanship has affected the response to the COVID-19 crisis.

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM (EDT)
President-Elect Biden: What to Expect from the 46th President

This session will examine what we can expect from the 46th President of the United States. Political journalists connect readers to the political figures they cover through articles and other opinion pieces.

10:50 AM - 11:35 AM (EDT)
The 2020 Elections in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania proved to be a pivotal state in the 2020 elections. In this session we will be joined by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who will reflect on her state's election process.

11:35 AM - 12:20 PM (EDT)
Voting and Election Reform

This session will not just examine the various modes of voting, such as mail-in ballots and voting systems like rank choice voting, but also the topic of changing the electoral system.

09:00 AM - 09:20 AM (EDT)
Morning Briefing

Kick off each morning with remarks from the Inauguration 2021 Faculty Director. Dr. Azari will provide commentary from the previous day's sessions and set the stage for what you will hear today.

09:20 AM - 10:05 AM (EDT)
America's Foreign Policy Agenda

This back-to-back session will examine America's foreign policy agenda from a liberal perspective.

10:05 AM - 10:50 AM (EDT)
America's Foreign Policy Agenda
John Cooper

This back-to-back session will examine America's foreign policy agenda from a conservative perspective.

10:55 AM - 12:10 PM (EDT)
The Politics of Race and Racism

This session will examine structural racism and representation of the black electorate in the 2020 elections.

09:00 AM - 09:20 AM (EDT)
Morning Briefing

Kick off each morning with remarks from the Inauguration 2021 Faculty Director. Dr. Azari will provide commentary from the previous day's sessions and set the stage for what you will hear today.

09:20 AM - 10:05 AM (EDT)
The State of the Republican Party

This session will consider the current state of the Republican Party and it's future after the 2020 election.

10:10 AM - 10:55 AM (EDT)
White House Transitions

This session will examine presidential transitions, from the lens of how much planning is involved, who gets to be in charge, how does the president-elect make decisions and how will he/she be ready on day one.

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (EDT)
Inside the Press Briefing Room

This session will explore the relationship between the media and the White House.

11:45 AM - 12:20 PM (EDT)
An Analyst's Perspective

This session will cover the campaign through the transition with insight from a former RNC Chairman.

09:00 AM - 09:20 AM (EDT)
Morning Briefing

Kick off each morning with remarks from the Inauguration 2021 Faculty Director. Dr. Azari will provide commentary from the previous day's sessions and set the stage for what you will hear today.

09:20 AM - 10:35 AM (EDT)
The State of American Politics from the Left and the Right

This session will feature two commentators, one from the left and one from the right, one the same stage to give their take on the state of American politics.

10:40 AM - 11:25 AM (EDT)
The Future of Political Parties

This session will look at both major political parties and explore their strengths, weaknesses, and futures.

11:25 AM - 12:40 PM (EDT)
Possibilities for Policy Compromise in the Next Congress
michel

In this session TWC is partnering with the Bipartisan Policy Center to discuss how the 117th Congress can work together to create policy for the good of the government.

09:00 AM - 09:45 AM (EDT)
Morning Briefing

Kick off each morning with remarks from the Inauguration 2021 Faculty Director. Dr. Azari will provide commentary from the previous day's sessions and set the stage for what you will hear today.

09:45 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
Climate Change: A Political Issue

Why is climate change a political issue? Bob Deans, author and director of strategic engagement for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the nation’s leading environmental advocacy organization, will discuss.

10:35 AM - 11:20 AM (EDT)
The New Congress

This session will explore the election outcomes, the agenda for the 117th Congress, and the future interaction of the new Congress with the new President.

11:25 AM - 12:10 PM (EDT)
The History of the American Presidency

This session will take a broad look at the history of the American presidency. How has the office changed and what can president-elect Biden learn from his predecessors?

12:10 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
Final Remarks

Wrap up the seminar with final remarks from the Inauguration 2021 Faculty Director and TWC's Chief Academic Officer.

08:40 AM - 09:30 AM (EDT)
January 11 2021
Opening Remarks
Kick off the seminar with opening remarks from TWC's Chief Academic Officer and the Inauguration 2021 Faculty Director.
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM (EDT)
January 11 2021
COVID-19: The Politics of Public Health
This session will review the role of the government in a public health crisis. The discussion will begin by examining the concept of public health itself, how it’s linked with federalism, the role of states versus the role of the federal government and how partisanship has affected the response to the COVID-19 crisis.
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM (EDT)
January 11 2021
President-Elect Biden: What to Expect from the 46th President
This session will examine what we can expect from the 46th President of the United States. Political journalists connect readers to the political figures they cover through articles and other opinion pieces.
10:50 AM - 11:35 AM (EDT)
January 11 2021
The 2020 Elections in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania proved to be a pivotal state in the 2020 elections. In this session we will be joined by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who will reflect on her state's election process.
11:35 AM - 12:20 PM (EDT)
January 11 2021
Voting and Election Reform
This session will not just examine the various modes of voting, such as mail-in ballots and voting systems like rank choice voting, but also the topic of changing the electoral system.
09:00 AM - 09:20 AM (EDT)
January 12 2021
Morning Briefing
Kick off each morning with remarks from the Inauguration 2021 Faculty Director. Dr. Azari will provide commentary from the previous day's sessions and set the stage for what you will hear today.
09:20 AM - 10:05 AM (EDT)
January 12 2021
America's Foreign Policy Agenda
This back-to-back session will examine America's foreign policy agenda from a liberal perspective.
10:05 AM - 10:50 AM (EDT)
January 12 2021
America's Foreign Policy Agenda
John Cooper
This back-to-back session will examine America's foreign policy agenda from a conservative perspective.
10:55 AM - 12:10 PM (EDT)
January 12 2021
The Politics of Race and Racism
This session will examine structural racism and representation of the black electorate in the 2020 elections.
09:00 AM - 09:20 AM (EDT)
January 13 2021
Morning Briefing
Kick off each morning with remarks from the Inauguration 2021 Faculty Director. Dr. Azari will provide commentary from the previous day's sessions and set the stage for what you will hear today.
09:20 AM - 10:05 AM (EDT)
January 13 2021
The State of the Republican Party
This session will consider the current state of the Republican Party and it's future after the 2020 election.
10:10 AM - 10:55 AM (EDT)
January 13 2021
White House Transitions
This session will examine presidential transitions, from the lens of how much planning is involved, who gets to be in charge, how does the president-elect make decisions and how will he/she be ready on day one.
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM (EDT)
January 13 2021
Inside the Press Briefing Room
This session will explore the relationship between the media and the White House.
11:45 AM - 12:20 PM (EDT)
January 13 2021
An Analyst's Perspective
This session will cover the campaign through the transition with insight from a former RNC Chairman.
09:00 AM - 09:20 AM (EDT)
January 14 2021
Morning Briefing
Kick off each morning with remarks from the Inauguration 2021 Faculty Director. Dr. Azari will provide commentary from the previous day's sessions and set the stage for what you will hear today.
09:20 AM - 10:35 AM (EDT)
January 14 2021
The State of American Politics from the Left and the Right
This session will feature two commentators, one from the left and one from the right, one the same stage to give their take on the state of American politics.
10:40 AM - 11:25 AM (EDT)
January 14 2021
The Future of Political Parties
This session will look at both major political parties and explore their strengths, weaknesses, and futures.
11:25 AM - 12:40 PM (EDT)
January 14 2021
Possibilities for Policy Compromise in the Next Congress
michel
In this session TWC is partnering with the Bipartisan Policy Center to discuss how the 117th Congress can work together to create policy for the good of the government.
09:00 AM - 09:45 AM (EDT)
January 15 2021
Morning Briefing
Kick off each morning with remarks from the Inauguration 2021 Faculty Director. Dr. Azari will provide commentary from the previous day's sessions and set the stage for what you will hear today.
09:45 AM - 10:30 AM (EDT)
January 15 2021
Climate Change: A Political Issue
Why is climate change a political issue? Bob Deans, author and director of strategic engagement for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the nation’s leading environmental advocacy organization, will discuss.
10:35 AM - 11:20 AM (EDT)
January 15 2021
The New Congress
This session will explore the election outcomes, the agenda for the 117th Congress, and the future interaction of the new Congress with the new President.
11:25 AM - 12:10 PM (EDT)
January 15 2021
The History of the American Presidency
This session will take a broad look at the history of the American presidency. How has the office changed and what can president-elect Biden learn from his predecessors?
12:10 PM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
January 15 2021
Final Remarks
Wrap up the seminar with final remarks from the Inauguration 2021 Faculty Director and TWC's Chief Academic Officer.
   

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Please navigate to each session and select "Add to My Schedule" to add sessions

Please navigate to each session and select "Add to My Schedule" to add sessions

Please navigate to each session and select "Add to My Schedule" to add sessions

Please navigate to each session and select "Add to My Schedule" to add sessions

Resources

Charlotte Hill - Voting and Election Reform

Julia Azari - Opening remarks for Monday, January 11th

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Washington, D.C. - Inauguration 2021 Academic Seminar

Networking Breakout Rooms

We know networking is one of the most important aspects of our event. Click on the link below to enter the Networking Room, where you can chat with other attendees in themed chat rooms, as well as participate in the dedicated chatroom for each conference session. You can also have one-on-one video chats with individual participants.

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