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Public Discourse Post-Election: Is Dialogue Possible? (Part 1)

November 16, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The College of Arts & Sciences’ Program for Public Discourse will host a two-part discussion about the 2020 elections. We’ll consider the strategies and messaging employed by campaigns and their influence on the shape of our civic lives and public discourse. The first event (Nov. 16), addresses the elections from a frontline perspective, while the second (on Nov. 17) tackles them from an academic angle. Professor Kevin Marinelli will moderate both events.

First event: A Frontline Perspective

Republican and Democratic operatives will join for a discussion that utilizes the 2020 elections as a window into the broader ways in which Americans talk about politics.

The conversation will include the following voices:

  • Brett O’Donnell is a political consultant for the Republican Party and President of O’Donnell & Associates, Ltd., a strategic communication consulting organization.
  • B.J. Rudell is a field organizer for the Democratic Party and the former Associate Director of Polis: Center for Politics at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.


To guarantee our panelists properly address student interests, concerns, and perspectives during the discussion, we’re asking students to submit questions ahead of time. Students can submit their questions while signing up on each event’s Zoom registration page or send them via email to

These events are limited to UNC-CH students, faculty, and staff.


November 16, 2020
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm