Sessions

01-11-2021

  • 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.

    Speakers
    Kelly Eaton
    Julia Azari
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Leana Wen
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Karen Tumulty
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Kathy Boockvar
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Charlotte Hill

01-12-2021

  • 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.

    Speakers
    Julia Azari
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Michael O'Hanlon
  • 10:05 AM - 10:50 AM (EDT)

    America's Foreign Policy Agenda

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

    Speakers
    Nile Gardiner
    John Cooper
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Theodore (Ted) Johnson
    Ron Christie
    Moderators
    Julia Azari

01-13-2021

  • 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.

    Speakers
    Julia Azari
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Peter Wehner
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Martha Kumar
    Moderators
    Julia Azari
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Jen Psaki
    Moderators
    Paula Reid
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Michael Steele

01-14-2021

  • 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.

    Speakers
    Julia Azari
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Maria Cardona
    Alice Stewart
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Rich Lowry
  • 11:25 AM - 12:40 PM (EDT)

    Possibilities for Policy Compromise in the Next Congress

    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.

    Speakers
    Michele Nellenbach
    Michael Kelley
    Moderators
    Julia Azari

01-15-2021

  • 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.

    Speakers
    Julia Azari
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Bob Deans
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Melanie Zanona
  • 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?

    Speakers
    Richard Norton Smith
    Moderators
    Brian Lamb
  • 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.

    Speakers
    Kelly Eaton
    Julia Azari