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Food for Thought Lecture Series – Election Primer Mini-Series Part 3: Campaign Review, Role of Congress, What’s Next

January 20, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Online Zoom event.

The final lecture in this mini-series will serve as a post-game analysis of the election. We will discuss the bad and good bets the candidates made, starting with the primary. We will use hard data and also dig into the “nuts and bolts” of campaigns which includes polling, media, money, messaging and targeting. Some topics will include: target selection; messaging; selection of and rationale for battlegrounds; proactive vs reactive; when and why to go negative.

Finally, we will discuss the role of Congress going forward; how and why should the filibuster be eliminated; the death of bipartisanship; and what happens next. We will discuss individual personalities and examine key players like AOC, who are perceived to have much more power than they actually do. We will also tackle the future of the parties and if there will ever be room for a third party.

Food for Thought is a speaker series that welcomes a distinguished lineup of EMPA Faculty approaching the Covid-19 crisis and social justice reform. Each week a speaker will present their recommendation paper, highlight their perspective on the crisis, and engage in a dialogue with EMPA students, alumni, and other faculty members.

We are in a pivotal moment – full of opportunities for policymakers to transform lessons from the crisis into concrete benefits for their communities. While we cannot come together physically to exchange ideas, we believe we can leverage the virtual tools at our disposal to activate stakeholders and build out practical and innovative solutions to the crisis at hand.

Zoom link will be sent upon registration.

Event Contact Information:
Valerie Zimmer
212 851 9550


January 20
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Columbia University
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