Monday, September 8, 2014

2014 EDU: Univ. of Delaware NATIONAL AGENDA 2014 Speaker Series Begins September 10

University of Delaware NATIONAL AGENDA 2014  
Speaker Series Begins September 10
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University of Delaware Center for Political Communication                                              

National Agenda 2014 focuses on the battle for control of congress midway through the Obama second term, with some of the biggest and most experienced names in American politics. We span the transition from an earlier era of political strategy to the age when social media can make or break a candidate.

National Agenda website

These events are live simulcasts of guest speaker talks and interviews taking place on the UD Campus in Newark Delaware USA.

They are moderated by Ralph Begleiter, Director, Center for Political Communication and former CNN World News Correspondent.

Questions will be taken from the Second Life audience

National Agenda is Presented by

  • Institute for Global Studies,
  • Department of Communication,
  • Department of Political Science & International Relations
  • Center for Political Communication
  • Moderated by Ralph Begleiter, Director, Center for Political Communication
Join us on the following Wednesdays at 4:30 pm SLT (California time)
Weds, Sep 10 - 7:30pm - Making Fun of Politics: The Colbert Report

Frank Lesser was an Emmy Award winning writer for Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” known for lampooning American politics and for creating a satirical - but real - political action committee during the 2012 campaign.
Colbert has characterized Lesser as his muse, and the two collaborated to create some of television’s funniest and most biting political satire. Lesser is a graduate of Brown University, and the author of “Sad Monsters.”

Weds, Oct 1 - 7:30pm - Boy On the Bus

CNN political reporter Peter Hamby has covered some of the highest profile political stories of the Obama era, including the 2008 and 2012 presidential races, the impact of the tea party, and the Republican resurgence of 2010. He has traveled with the campaigns of Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, John McCain and Sarah Palin. Hamby earned a B.A. in English from Georgetown and a master's in journalism from NYU. He also studied at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Weds, Oct 29 - 7:30pm - The Digital Campaign

Teddy Goff was the Digital Director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign, managing a 250-person nationwide team responsible for social media, email, web, online advertising, online organizing, design, and video. Under Goff’s leadership, the campaign raised more than $690 million over the Internet and registered more than a million voters online. TIME described his work as "redefining the limits of viral politics." He is a graduate of Yale University.
Weds, Nov 12 - 7:30pm - Meaning of the Midterm Elections

Former White House Spokesman Mike McCurry is a Washington-based political strategist and Distinguished Professor of Public Theology at the Wesley Theological Seminary. Over nearly four decades, McCurry has served in the White House as press secretary to President Bill Clinton, as spokesman for the U.S. Department of State, and director of communications for the Democratic National Committee. McCurry earned his B.A. from Princeton, and M.A. degrees from Georgetown and Wesley Theological Seminary.
Weds, Nov 19 - 7:30pm - Post-Election Analysis

David Plouffe and Steve Schmidt return to their alma mater for incisive analysis of the election and their political outlook.

Plouffe is a former White House adviser to President Obama, and helped lead his successful campaigns in 2008 and 2012.
Schmidt is an international political strategist who was John McCain’s campaign manager in 2008. He is Vice President of Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm.


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      Midtown Arts Museum is launching its first participation storybuild on Monday, 9.1.2014, Wear Your Goggles to the Goldrush. All elements are ready for visitors, explorers and amateur sleuths to plunder. A storybuild mystery is not an event that is attended. Rather clues and story are collected, assembled and written by the participants who journey through it. It is writing via pictures and conversation - - the natural, entertaining and effortless way. Oakes Valley blog
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      The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. Whether transcending borders between time and space, past and present, one nation and another, one language and another, a culture or civilization or any other of the innumerable borders that present themselves as we navigate our lives. You the artist... You the machinimatographer...You decide.
      Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014. Winners will be announced in December 2014.   
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