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Top American political actors from the Republican and Democratic parties gathered at La Pietra to discuss the election results one week after the vote.

Students kicked off the morning by having breakfast with the U.S. Ambassador to Italy John R. Phillips. Photogallery

Emmy award-winning filmmakers Elizabeth Hemmerdinger and Anne De Mare presented their latest film project realized with Laverne Berry and Steve Miller on the protection of voting rights in North Carolina Photogallery

See this video of NYU Florence students´ reactions to the election results last week

 
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NOVEMBER 14

10:00 am Registration/Coffee at Villa Sassetti

10:30 am Welcome Remarks

Ellyn M. Toscano, Executive Director, NYU Florence
John R. Phillips, U.S. Ambassador to Italy
Dario Nardella, Mayor of the City of Florence

11:00 am The 2016 Election Cycle: What Just Happened?

Moderator: Lynne P. Brown, Senior Vice President for University Relations and Public Affairs, New York University

Panelists:

Brian Baker, President of Future45, President and General Counsel of Ending Spending
Joel Benenson, Chief Strategist Hillary Clinton campaign, founder and CEO of Benenson Strategy Group and political strategist and pollster serving Presidents Obama and Clinton
Jonathan Capehart, Journalist, Editorial Board Member The Washington Post
Stephanie Cutter, Founding Partner of Precision Strategies, CNN Contributor, and former Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama 2012
Kevin Madden, Partner at Hamilton Place Strategies, Senior Advisor to Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential Campaign

12:15 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Role of the Media and the Changed Political Landscape

Moderator: Linda Douglass, Global Head of Communications, Bloomberg Media Group, former Director of Communications for the White House Office of Health Reform in the Obama Administration

Panelists:

Jonathan Capehart, Journalist, Editorial Board Member The Washington Post
Betsy Fischer Martin, President of Fischer Martin Media and former Senior Executive Producer and Managing Editor of NBC News Political Programming
Jonathan Martin, National political correspondent The New York Times
Steve McMahon, Democratic strategist, co-founder and CEO of Purple Strategies, LLC, and Adjunct Professor at NYU Washington D.C.

2:45 pm Coffee Break

3:30 pm Trump as the New Face of the Republican Party

Moderator: Catherine “Kiki” McLean, Leading public affairs and political strategist and veteran of six presidential campaigns including the historic 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign

Panelists:

Brian Baker, President of Future45, President and General Counsel of Ending Spending
Ron Christie, Republican political analyst, veteran Senior Advisor to the White House and Congress, founder and CEO Christie Strategies LLC
Rob Collins, Republican political strategist
Kevin Madden, Partner at Hamilton Place Strategies in Washington D.C, Senior Advisor to Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential Campaign

NOVEMBER 15

9:30 am Registration/Coffee at Villa Sassetti

10:00 am Where Does the Democratic Party Go From Here?

Moderator: Kevin Madden, Partner at Hamilton Place Strategies, Senior Advisor to Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential Campaign

Panelists:

Joel Benenson, Chief Strategist Hillary Clinton campaign, founder and CEO of Benenson Strategy Group and political strategist and pollster serving Presidents Obama and Clinton
Stephanie Cutter, Founding Partner of Precision Strategies, CNN Contributor, and former Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama 2012
Catherine “Kiki” McLean, Leading public affairs and political strategist and veteran of six presidential campaigns including the historic 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign
Steve McMahon, Democratic strategist, co-founder and CEO of Purple Strategies, LLC, and Adjunct Professor at NYU Washington D.C.
Stephanie Cutter, Founding Partner of Precision Strategies, CNN Contributor, and former Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama 2012

11:15 am Coffee Break

12:00 pm Forecasts

Moderator: Hope Warschaw, Community and political activist

Panelists:

Ron Christie, Republican political analyst, veteran Senior Advisor to the White House and Congress, founder and CEO Christie Strategies LLC
Rob Collins, Republican political strategist
Stephanie Cutter, Founding Partner of Precision Strategies, CNN Contributor, and former Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama 2012
Jonathan Martin, National political correspondent The New York Times
Catherine “Kiki” McLean, Leading public affairs and political strategist and veteran of six presidential campaigns including the historic 1992 Clinton-Gore campaign
Steve McMahon, Democratic strategist, co-founder and CEO of Purple Strategies, LLC, and Adjunct Professor at NYU Washington D.C.

1:15 pm Closing Remarks

All Panelists

1:30 pm Lunch

2:45 pm Film Presentation: “Election Protection”

Emmy Award Winnning filmmakers Anne De Mare and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger

4:00 pm Conference Ends

 
 
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