Being a Change Agent in a Divided Nation
Date(s) - March 29, 2019
7:30 am - 1:30 pm
University of Missouri St. Louis – Millennium Student Center
1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
Online registration is now closed. Walk-ins are welcome at the door!
Join Keynote Speaker William Kristol, founder and editor at large of The Weekly Standard, and Keynote Respondent Sarah Kendzior, journalist and author of The View from Flyover Country, for a hard-hitting discussion on Media and Change Agency in a Divided Nation. These two political media giants from opposite ends of the political spectrum will conduct a joint Q & A session after their keynotes.
Then, choose from two dynamic panel discussions:
Changes Agents Crossing Party Lines
How does change-making transcend party divisions? How do we build effective and ideologically diverse coalitions? Two pairs of panelists from disparate ends of the political spectrum share their thoughts.
- Moderator: Dr. Wally Siewert, Director of Civic Engagement, FOCUS St. Louis
- Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin), Chair, Missouri House Committee on Criminal Justice Reform
- Sean Nicholson, Principal, GPS Impact, and Organizer, Clean Missouri campaign
- Robert Schaaf, Co-founder, Show-Me Integrity
- Samantha Stangl, Programs Manager, Clark-Fox Family Foundation
Funding for Change in a Divided Nation
- Moderator: Cynthia Williams, Assistant Dean for Community Partnerships, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
- Maxine Clark, CEO & Co-founder, Clark-Fox Family Foundation
- Bridget McDermott Flood, Executive Director, Incarnate Word Foundation
- Thomas McAuliffe, Director of Health Policy, Missouri Foundation for Health
- Felicia Shaw, Executive Director, Regional Arts Commission
We’ll wrap up the event with lunch and networking. Come for all or part of the day!
About this year’s topic: A leader who is a “change agent” is somewhere between a revolutionary leader and a “steady-hand-at-the-helm.” Change agents seek systemic institutional transformation, but seek them through existing processes (from legislation to civil disobedience). How do change agents build power through media in today’s segmented and ideologically charged media market? How do (and should) change agents build successful coalitions across party lines? How do we most effectively fund for change amid partisan warfare? These questions and more will be discussed by speakers from every end of the political spectrum.
This annual nonpartisan symposium brings together a politically diverse audience to discuss ideal political processes, values and ethics. Past keynotes have included (among others): Senator Olympia Snowe, Bernice A. King, Congressman Mickey Edwards, and Journalist/ Author Jeremy Scahill.
7:30-8:00 a.m. – Check-in/Breakfast & Networking
8:00-8:20 a.m. – Introduction & Welcome
8:20-9:05 a.m. – Keynote: What Does It Mean to be a Change Agent in Today’s Political and Media Environment with William Kristol
9:05-9:25 a.m. – Keynote Q&A
9:25-9:40 a.m. – Break
9:40-10:15 a.m. – Keynote Counterpoint: Change Agency and Media from the Other Side of the Aisle with Sarah Kendzior
10:15-11:00 a.m. – Keynotes Joint Q&A
11:15-12:30 p.m. – Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Panel Discussion: Change Agents Crossing Party Lines
Panel Discussion: Funding for Change in a Divided Nation
12:30-1:30 p.m. – Lunch & Networking
$35 – General Admission
$25 – Students and FOCUS members
Registration includes breakfast, lunch and admission to all sessions. Registrations are nonrefundable, but attendee substitutions are allowed.
Parking & Directions
The conference will take place in the Millennium Student Center (MSC) on the UMSL campus. View directions and campus map. Parking is available in the MSC lot. If using Metro, the closest stop is the UMSL North Station.
About Our Speakers
William Kristol is the founder and editor at large of The Weekly Standard and appears regularly on many leading political commentary shows. He is a major figure in many areas of American public discourse, ranging from American foreign policy to the future of the Republican Party. Before starting The Weekly Standard in 1995, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory.
Prior to that, Kristol served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the first Bush Administration, and to Education Secretary William Bennett under President Reagan. Before coming to Washington in 1985, Kristol was on the faculty of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.
Sarah Kendzior is best known for her reporting on St. Louis, her coverage of the 2016 election, and her academic research on authoritarian states. She is currently an op-ed columnist for the Globe and Mail and she was named by Foreign Policy as one of the “100 people you should be following on Twitter to make sense of global events.” Her reporting has been featured in many publications, including Politico, Slate, The Atlantic, Fast Company, The Chicago Tribune, TeenVogue, and The New York Times.
In 2015, Kendzior collected the essays she reported for Al Jazeera and published them as The View from Flyover Country, now a New York Times and MIBA bestseller.
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