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DEMOCRACY'S LONG ODDS

Dan Moulthrop

March 2, 2021 

If there's one lesson from the last election cycle and its aftermath, it's this: democracy in America is not as nearly resilient as we might like to think. So what does a truly functioning democratic republic look like -- and what is required of us to actually create it?

Dan Moulthrop is the CEO of the City Club of Cleveland, one of the nation's oldest free speech forums. One of their recent projects, Democracy Unchained, looked at these questions with the help of more than 100 different thinkers, writers, and elected officials. Join us for a conversation with Dan about what it will take to preserve democracy for future generations.

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THE FUTURE OF THE G.O.P.: WHERE WILL THE REPUBLICANS GO FROM HERE AT THE NATIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL LEVELS?

Michael L. Coulter, Ph.D. & Caleb Verbois, Ph.D.

February 4, 2020

In the aftermath of the 2016 election Republicans controlled more federal and state office than at any point since the 1920s. Four years later, Trump was the first President since Herbert Hoover to lose the White House, the Senate, and the House in just one term. The party turned winning into losing in record time. The aftermath has left the Republicans with deep internal divisions and, combined with the fact that the Republicans have only one the presidential popular vote once in the last 38 years, substantial external challenges. How can the Republican Party keep and grow its coalition to potentially win back the White House in 2024? And how might these debates impact the party at the state and local level?

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EXAMINING THE BIDEN INAUGURATION ADDRESS: WHAT HE SAID AND WHAT IT MEANS WHEN IT COMES TO THE AMERICAN STORY

Dr. Andrew Roth and Rev. Charles Brock

January 28, 2020

What roles do presidential inaugural addresses play in how we – as in, We, The People – see America and how we tell the story of America? What does it mean to have a shift in the narrator-in-chief? Join JES Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Andrew Roth and Charles Brock, Director of the Brock Institute, who have been researching and writing about the American Dream and American Story for years, as they unpack Biden's speech and its impact in conversation with JES Vice President Ben Speggen.

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THE 2020 ELECTIONS: WHERE ARE WE? WHERE ARE WE HEADED?

Post Election Analysis with Ganon University

November 5, 2020

Drs. Jeffrey Bloodworth and Stephen Tootle offer an analysis of election results as they stand, voter turnout, and the Electoral College count, as well as what the results mean for both the Democratic and Republican parties. Students also weighed in, offering their reactions to the 2020 election. The discussion was moderated by JES Vice President Ben Speggen. This program is in partnership with Gannon University and the Jefferson Education Society

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ROAD TO THE WHITE HOUSE 2020: EXAMINING POLLS, EXAMINING VICTORY, AND THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

David Kozak, Ph.D.

October 30, 2020

With the 2020 Presidential Election just days away, what are the paths to victory for the Republican and Democratic candidates – incumbent President Donald J. Trump, and his challenger – and former Vice President and Senator – Joe Biden? How can each get to the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to be inaugurated as President of the United States of America in January 2021? What do the polls tell us? How reliable are they? In this special Jefferson Educational Society digital program, JES Vice President Ben Speggen interviews Dr. David Kozak, professor emeritus at Gannon University and political scientist who’s studied and taught through 16 presidential elections.

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AMERICA'S MOST CORRUPT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION: 1876

George Deutsch

October 29, 2020

America’s Most Corrupt Presidential Election: 1876, featuring Mr. George Deutsch, Executive Director of the Hagen History Center

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PRE-ELECTION DISCUSSION – WHAT ARE THE HIDDEN ISSUES IN THE 2020 ELECTIONS

Panel Discussion

October 28, 2020

A special joint program by the Public Policy Fund at Penn State Behrend, the Institute of the American Dream at Penn State Behrend, the Brock Institute for Mega Issues Education, and the Jefferson Educational Society.

From foreign affairs to the Affordable Care Act, from militias to authoritarianism, moderator Rev. Charles Brock discusses these issues and more with panelists Mr. Paul Gambill, Dr. Lena Harned-Surzhko, and Dr. Robert Speel.

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ISRAEL-U.A.E.-BAHRAIN ACCORDONE MORE STEP FOR PEACE IN THE MIDDLE EAST?

Dr. Baher Ghosheh

October 6, 2020

With much fanfare, the Trump administration hosted leaders from Israel, the UAE and Bahrain at the White House to sign this "historic" peace agreement, called the Abraham Accords. President Trump insists 6-9 other Arab/Muslim countries will normalize relations and sign peace agreements with Israel before the November elections.

What is the significance of the agreement? Does it advance the cause of Peace in the region – or, will it result in more polarization and conflict in this highly unstable region?

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ELECTION 2020: VOTING HABITS OF GENERATION Z

Audrey Henson, Founder and CEO of College to Congress

August 26, 2020

Join College to Congress CEO and Founder, Audrey Henson, for a lively discussion on the importance of voting through the eyes of her demographic group of young people born in the late 1990s through early 2010s.

She also addresses estimations of where #civicengagement stands now, provide a snapshot of how Generation Z has voted in the past, and predictions for the 2020 presidential election. Generation Z is the demographic group succeeding Millennials and preceding Generation Alpha.

Henson founded College to Congress to provide low-income students with pathways to public service. She has spearheaded the recruitment and training of hundreds of students who are passionate about our government through her online platform, C2C-U, registered dozens to vote, and has placed nearly 40 students directly into congressional offices.

You can visit the College to Congress web page by clicking HERE!

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THE SEDITION ACT OF 1798: SOURCE OF DOMESTIC TURMOIL AND RUNAWAY PARTISANSHIP

Richard Arthur, M.A.

August 12, 2020

Watch Richard Arthur, M.A., 23-year Army Veteran and lifelong history enthusiast, discuss the Sedition and Alien Acts of 1798.

In the last two years of the 18th Century, the new country of America faced threats to its shipping by pirates, threats to its trade from tariffs, occupied forts on its frontier, and the possibility of a war with revolutionary France. 

President John Adams wanted to be prepared to fight but preferred a diplomatic approach. War hawks in his emerging Federalist Party were eager for war and seemed equally intent on crushing domestic opposition from Jefferson's Republicans. 

In 1798, the Federalist Congress passed four laws that became to be called The Alien and Sedition Acts. These measures became a source of domestic turmoil and an example of runaway partisanship. They eventually changed the course of history. 

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PA DEMOCRATIC DEBATE: PA STATE SENATE DISTRICT 49

Democratic Candidates

May 21, 2020

The Jefferson hosts a debate with Democratic Candidates for PA State Senate District 49. Watch to find out these candidates' platforms and goals as we all prepare for election day on June 2, 2020.

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THE UKRAINE-RUSSIA CONFLICT IN TIMES OF COVID-19

Dr. Lena Surzhko-Harned

April 29, 2020

The conflict in the Donbas region in Ukraine's east is still very much alive. COVID-19 has not spared this war-torn region and it adds extra hardship to an already vulnerable and underserved population.

Prof. Lena Surzhko-Harned explains the mechanics of this conflict, and the challenges of managing the coronavirus crisis properly because of migration, difficult access to healthcare, and armed conflict. Dr. Surzhko-Harned is an Assistant Teaching Professor of  Political Science and a Faculty Affiliate of the Public Policy Fund at Penn State Behrend. Her primary research interests are in the field of comparative politics.

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AFGHANISTAN: WHEN AND HOW WILL AMERICA'S LONGEST WAR END?

Dr. Baher Ghosheh

March 18, 2020

Afghanistan has been dubbed the graveyard of empires. Many have tried to conquer but all have retreated in defeat. How will our longest war end? What does the future hold for Afghanistan and her long-suffering people?  

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This lecture was originally scheduled to be presented at the Edinboro University as a part of the Jefferson's Satellite Programming. This event had to be modified as state regulations currently prohibit live audiences at public events.