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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 26, 2016—On Thursday, Nov. 10, Jennifer Granholm, former Democratic governor of Michigan, and Scott Brown, former Republican senator from Massachusetts, will discuss the 2016 Presidential Election, “Post Mortem: What’s Next?” at Williams College at 8 p.m. on the MainStage of the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. Justin Crowe, associate professor of political science and chair of leadership studies, will moderate. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved in advance online (62center.williams.edu) or by phone (413-597-2425) Tuesday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets are also available at the door.
The discussion will both debrief the 2016 campaign and look forward to what we can and should expect in American politics in 2017 and beyond. What were the turning points in the election? How do we make sense of the messages that voters are sending to their elected officials? What can we expect to see in the months after the new president is inaugurated? How might the House and Senate work differently given their partisan compositions? How might the Democratic and Republican parties adapt or evolve in response to the election results? How does the country move forward following a bitterly divisive campaign season?
Elected Michigan’s first female governor in 2002, Granholm is credited with transforming Michigan’s economy in the midst of steady decline. Four years later, she was re-elected with the largest number of votes ever cast for governor in the state. During her two terms as governor, Granholm, who previously served as Michigan’s Attorney General, pioneered clean energy policies, signed into law a college prep curriculum for every high school student in the state, and launched the No Worker Left Behind program to provide job training to displaced Michigan employees. Since leaving the governor’s office, she has taught law and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley; an advisor to and advocate for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, she has also agreed to serve as co-chair of Clinton’s transition team.
Brown served three terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and two terms in the state Senate. In 2010, Brown won the U.S. Senate seat that had become vacant upon the death of Ted Kennedy, making him the first Republican to represent the state in the Senate in more than three decades. Serving in the Senate until 2013, Brown developed a reputation as one of the most bipartisan members of the chamber and played an important role in both the Hire A Hero Act (providing tax benefits for employers that hire returning veterans) and the STOCK Act (prohibiting insider trading for members of Congress). Upon leaving the Senate, Brown, who recently concluded 35 years of service in the Army National Guard, has remained active in politics, running for the U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, campaigning with Republican congressional candidates, and serving as surrogate for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
The Leadership Studies program is sponsoring the event as part of the James MacGregor Burns Memorial Lecture Series.
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