National Agenda 2021 ― Reflecting America

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How is this historic era of divides, social movements, and economic upheavals ― fueled by the pandemic and politics ― redefining America? The National Agenda 2021 “Reflecting America" series celebrates America’s diversity with perspectives from politicians, journalists, authors, artists, and activists. Events on September 8, October 6, and November 17 also take place in person at Mitchell Hall Theatre. National Agenda is free and open to the public. Lindsay Hoffman, Ph.D., UD associate professor of communication and political science, directs the program. National Agenda is made possible by generous support from the University of Delaware's Office of the Provost and College of Arts and Sciences.


September 8, 7:30 pm ― Four Years Later (In person at Mitchell Hall Theatre and online). National Agenda 2017 speakers David Joy and Asma Khalid reflect on America in 2021. Joy is an award-winning novelist and sixth-generation North Carolinian, and Khalid is NPR’s White House correspondent.


September 22, 7:30 pm ― Divisive Issues Through Civil Dialogue (online only). Despite shared immigration stories, friends Berny Jacques and Geston Pierre have reached different conclusions about politics and social issues. Jacques is a former Florida assistant state attorney and Pierre is a pastor and recording artist.


October 6, 7:30 pm ― Respecting Differences (In person at Mitchell Hall Theatre and online). Eric Michael Garcia is a senior D.C. correspondent at the Independent and the author of We're Not Broken: Changing the Autism Conversation. Through his work on politics and disability rights, Garcia is changing the dialogue around autism.


October 20, 6:30 pm ― A Generation's Voice (online only). Thrust into the world of activism by one of the largest school shootings in American history, Parkland survivor David Hogg co-founded the youth-led movement March For Our Lives and is now one of most compelling voices of his generation.


November 3, 7:30 pm ― A First in the First State (online only). State Senator Sarah McBride represents the First State Senate District in northern Delaware. When she was elected in November 2020, she became the first openly transgender state senator in American history.

November 17, 7:30 pm ― The Power of Art (In person at Mitchell Hall Theatre and online). Nikkolas Smith is an "artivist," author, and Hollywood film illustrator. He illustrated The 1619 Project: Born on the Water, a new children’s book by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Mitchell Hall
Mitchell Hall, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA

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Alumni, Students, Lectures & Programs, Academics, College of Arts and Sciences, Community, Lectures and Programs, Civic Engagement



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