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Future of the Democratic Party

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Future of the Democratic Party

Dan Balz, Jennifer Lawless, Chris Lu, Nicole Hemmer (moderator)

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
4:00PM - 5:15PM (EDT)
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The 2020 presidential election is heating up as new candidates continue to announce their bids for the White House. Join us for a discussion about the state of the Democratic Party at this important moment—with DAN BALZ of The Washington Post, UVA professor of politics JENNIFER LAWLESSCHRIS LU, former deputy secretary of labor during the Obama administration, and moderator NICOLE HEMMER, a Miller Center scholar specializing in the history of American politics and media. 

While some candidates are beginning to emerge on the left, it's not clear who will have the broadest appeal in the wake of Hillary Clinton's loss. What will the messaging be? How will the party appeal to the white rural voters who helped elect President Trump? Is there a viable role for Democratic Socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Balz, Lawless, Lu, and Hemmer will answer these important questions and more.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
4:00PM - 5:15PM (EDT)
Add to Calendar 2019-03-26 16:00:00 2019-03-26 17:15:00 Future of the Democratic Party The 2020 presidential election is heating up as new candidates continue to announce their bids for the White House. Join us for a discussion about the state of the Democratic Party at this important moment—with DAN BALZ of The Washington Post, UVA professor of politics JENNIFER LAWLESS, CHRIS LU, former deputy secretary of labor during the Obama administration, and moderator NICOLE HEMMER, a Miller Center scholar specializing in the history of American politics and media.  While some candidates are beginning to emerge on the left, it's not clear who will have the broadest appeal in the wake of Hillary Clinton's loss. What will the messaging be? How will the party appeal to the white rural voters who helped elect President Trump? Is there a viable role for Democratic Socialists like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? Balz, Lawless, Lu, and Hemmer will answer these important questions and more. Register below.   The Miller Center 2201 Old Ivy Rd Charlottesville, VA 22903 Miller Center millercenter@virginia.edu America/New_York public
Where
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Speakers
Dan Balz

Dan Balz

Balz is chief correspondent at The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 1978 and has been involved in political coverage as a reporter or editor throughout his career. Before coming to The Post, he worked at National Journal magazine as a reporter and an editor and at the Philadelphia Inquirer. At The Post, he has reported on 10 presidential campaigns. The first political convention he covered was the Democratic Convention in Chicago in 1968. He is the author of several books, including two bestsellers. He was born in Freeport, Ill., and served in the U.S. Army. He is a regular panelist on PBS’s Washington Week and is a frequent guest on the Sunday morning talk shows and other public affairs programs.

Jennifer Lawless

Jennifer Lawless

Lawless is the Commonwealth Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the UVA faculty, she was a professor of government at American University and the director of the Women & Politics Institute. Before that, she was an assistant and then associate professor at Brown. Lawless' research focuses on political ambition, campaigns and elections, and media and politics. She is the author or co-author of six books, including Women on the Run: Gender, Media, and Political Campaigns in a Polarized Era (with Danny Hayes) and It Still Takes a Candidate: Why Women Don’t Run for Office (with Richard L. Fox). Her research, which has been supported by the National Science Foundation, has appeared in numerous academic journals, and is regularly cited in the popular press.

Chris Lu

Chris Lu

Lu is the Teresa A. Sullivan Practitioner Senior Fellow at the Miller Center. He has worked in all three branches of the federal government, including seven years in the Obama administration. From 2014 to 2017, Lu was the deputy secretary of labor, having been confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate. In this role, he served as the chief operating officer of a department with 17,000 employees and a $12 billion budget. From 2009 to 2013, Lu was the White House cabinet secretary and assistant to the president, serving as the president’s primary liaison to the federal agencies. At the end of the first term, Obama said: “Through his dedication and tireless efforts, Chris has overseen one of the most stable and effective Cabinets in history—a Cabinet that has produced extraordinary accomplishments over the past four years.” 

Nicole Hemmer

Nicole Hemmer (moderator)

Hemmer is an expert on the history of American politics and media. As an assistant professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center, she works on a wide-ranging set of projects, both scholarly and public. She works in the Presidential Recordings program, focusing on the Nixon administration and its media relations. Her broader scholarship focuses on the history of conservatism and media.