Inside American Politics - Fall 2017
date: October 19, 2017
location: Villa Sassetti
 
Program
 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19

10:00am - Registration / Coffee

10:15am - Welcome Remarks
Ellyn M. Toscano, Executive Director, NYU Florence
Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence
Representative from US Consulate

10:30am - Panel 1: "Trump Administration: First Year Review"
This panel will review the successes, failures and unexpected developments that occurred during the first year of the Trump Administration.
Moderator: Jay Newton-Small, Founder of MemoryWell and Time magazine journalist
Steve McMahon, Democratic strategist, NYU DC faculty
Jonathan Capehart, Journalist, The Washington Post
Ron Christie, Republican political analyst, NYU DC faculty
Elise Jordan, MSNBC political analyst and writer

12:00pm - Lunch

1:30pm - Panel 2: "An Uneasy Relationship: Congress and the White House"
This panel will discuss the Trump Administration’s relationship with Congress. Will the Trump Administration and the Congressional Republican Leadership begin working more productively, or will President Trump and the Democratic Leadership form an unlikely partnership on certain initiatives? Will more Republicans in Congress begin to openly oppose President Trump and his base, or will they fall back in line as election season approaches?
Moderator: Jonathan Capehart, Journalist, The Washington Post
Rob Collins, Republican political strategist
Doug Thornell, Democratic public affairs strategist
Todd Harris, Republican media and communications strategist 
John Anzalone, Democratic pollster 

2:45pm - Coffee Break

3:15pm - Panel 3: "What Party Has Greater Challenges Ahead?"
This panel will analyze the current fractured nature of both political parties. Are there now two Republican parties: Trump Populist Republicans and Traditional Reagan-style establishment Republicans? Are there two Democratic parties: Bernie Sanders-Elizabeth Warren Democrats and Traditional Obama-Clinton establishment Democrats?
Moderator: Jay Newton-Small, Founder of MemoryWell and Time magazine journalist
Ron Christie, Republican political analyst, NYU DC faculty
Doug Thornell, Democratic public affairs strategist
Elise Jordan, MSNBC political analyst and writer
Rob Collins, Republican political strategist

5:00pm - Film Screening (Capture the Flag) and Discussion 
Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, Producer
Anne De Mare, Director
Laverne Berry, Voting rights activist and lawyer
Steven Miller, Voting rights activist

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20

10:00am - Registration / Coffee

10:30am - Panel 4: "Forecasting: What Could Be Next?"
This panel will make some predictions about how the next year will play out for the Trump Administration and Congress. Can Congress and the administration work together to achieve a legislative policy victory in the coming year? Can the Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018? Looking at 2020, who are the Democratic candidates to watch as potential presidential nominees? Can Trump keep a fractured Republican party together heading into 2020?
Moderator: Steve McMahon, Democratic strategist, NYU DC faculty
Jonathan Capehart, Journalist, The Washington Post
Todd Harris, Republican media and communications strategist
John Anzalone, Democratic pollster
Jay Newton-Small, Founder of MemoryWell and Time magazine journalist
Ron Christie, Republican political analyst, NYU DC faculty

11:45am - Closing Remarks

12:00pm - Conference Ends