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    Has Twitter Changed Democracy? Former Bush Staffer Fran Townsend Weighs In

    Has Twitter changed our democracy? How does social media contribute, for better or worse, to free speech? Meredith Stricker and Fran Townsend sit down to explore those implications, US foreign policy, and Townsend's friendship with Former US Senator John McCain.

    Fran Townsend
    Executive Vice President, Worldwide Government, Legal, and Business Affairs, MacAndrews & Forbes
    Meredith Stricker
    Executive Director, The Soufan Center

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    The Party is Over: How America Will Get Past its Polarized Politics

    Jon Meacham
    Pulitzer Prize-winning Author, Presidential Historian, & Executive Vice President, Random House
    Michael Dyson
    Writer, Editor, & Author, "Tears We Cannot Stop"
    Fran Townsend
    Executive Vice President, Worldwide Government, Legal, and Business Affairs, MacAndrews & Forbes
    Tyson Ellert, The Tyson Project
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    Jamil Smith
    Senior Writer, Rolling Stone

    The state of American politics is tribal. Not long ago, the notion of “party over country” was a fringe mentality—now it’s becoming more and more of the norm. A whole host of factors have led to the fractured state of the nation, but it’s clear that establishment leadership on both sides of the aisle are at least in part to blame.

    Still, political polarization isn’t new. At this Conversation, we’ll bring key figures together to view the current state of politics through the lens of history, and examine how the missteps of the old guard of American politics is shaping a new generation of activists and candidates alike. With the midterms around the corner and the 2020 presidential race not far off, expect to leave this event with a more nuanced understanding of America’s political past, where political discourse is headed, and the role of civic engagement in healing the divide.

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