Public Affairs Institute – Agenda

This is the 2020 agenda. Check back soon for the 2021 agenda.

How the 2020 Elections Are Transforming Politics and Business

Amy Walter
National Editor, Cook Political Report

Understanding the New Terrorism
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Gov. Tom Ridge
First Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Former Governor of Pennsylvania

The U.S. Supreme Court: Laying Down the Law
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Jeffrey L. Fisher
Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Co-Director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic

Dynamics of the Relationship Economy
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Jerry Michalski
Information Technology Expert and Futurist
Founder, Sociate

How to Be an Antiracist
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Ibram X. Kendi
Founding Director, Antiracist Research & Policy Center
Professor of History and International Relations, American University

The Great Divide: Religion and Politics
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Laura R. Olson
Professor of Political Science, Clemson University
Director of the Ph.D. Program in Policy Studies

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Download the full 2020 schedule here.

Monday, January 6

2:30 p.m.         Registration Begins Pelican Foyer

3:30 p.m.         Mandatory Orientation for First-Year Class Sandpiper

5:00 p.m.         Welcome Remarks & Introductions Pelican

5:30 p.m.         Plenary Session: Amy Walter Pelican

6:30 p.m.         Welcome Reception & Dinner Poolside

Tuesday, January 7

7:00 a.m.         Breakfast Buffet Top of the Surf

8:15 a.m.         Plenary Session: Laura Olson Pelican

9:15 a.m.         15-min. Break

9:30 a.m.         Plenary Session: Tom Ridge Pelican

10:30 a.m.       15-min. Break

10:45 a.m.       Breakout: Amy Walter Sand Dollar

12:15 p.m.       Lunch Buffet Catalina Terrace

2:00 p.m.         Optional Headshots Courtyard

3:30 p.m.         15-min. Break

3:45 p.m.         Breakout: Laura Olson Sand Dollar

5:15 p.m.         Reception Ocean Terrace

6:30 p.m.         Class Off-Site Dinners

Wednesday, January 8

7:00 a.m.         Breakfast Buffet Top of the Surf

8:15 a.m.         Plenary Session: Ibram Kendi Pelican

9:15 a.m.         15-min. Break

9:30 a.m.         Plenary Session: Jerry Michalski Pelican

10:30 a.m.       15-min. Break

10:45 a.m.       Breakout: Jerry Michalski Sand Dollar

12:15 p.m.       Lunch Buffet Catalina Terrace

1:00 p.m.         Breakout: Tom Ridge Sand Dollar

2:30 p.m.         Free Afternoon

6:30 p.m.         Class Off-Site Dinners

Thursday, January 9

7:00 a.m.         Breakfast Buffet Top of the Surf

8:15 a.m.         Plenary Session: Jeff Fisher Pelican

9:15 a.m.         15-min. Break

9:30 a.m.         Plenary Session: Doug Pinkham Pelican

10:30 a.m.      15-min. Break

10:45 a.m.       Breakout: Ibram Kendi Sand Dollar

12:15 p.m.       Lunch Buffet Catalina Terrace

1:45 p.m.         Free Period

3:45 p.m.         Breakout: Jeff Fisher Sand Dollar

5:15 p.m.         Capstone Session and Graduation Pelican

6:00 p.m.         Farewell Reception & Dinner Poolside

Monday, January 6

2:30 p.m.         Registration Begins Pelican Foyer

5:00 p.m.         Welcome Remarks & Introductions Pelican

5:30 p.m.         Plenary Session: Amy Walter Pelican

6:30 p.m.         Welcome Reception & Dinner Poolside

Tuesday, January 7

7:00 a.m.         Breakfast Buffet Top of the Surf

8:15 a.m.         Plenary Session: Laura Olson Pelican

9:15 a.m.         15-min. Break

9:30 a.m.         Plenary Session: Tom Ridge Pelican

10:30 a.m.       15-min. Break

10:45 a.m.       Breakout: Laura Olson Sandpiper

12:15 p.m.       Lunch Buffet Catalina Terrace

2:00 p.m.         Breakout: Amy Walter Sandpiper

3:30 p.m.         15-min. Break

3:45 p.m.         Optional Headshots Courtyard

5:15 p.m.         Reception Ocean Terrace

6:30 p.m.         Class Off-Site Dinners

Wednesday, January 8

7:00 a.m.         Breakfast Buffet Top of the Surf

8:15 a.m.         Plenary Session: Ibram Kendi Pelican

9:15 a.m.         15-min. Break

9:30 a.m.         Plenary Session: Jerry Michalski Pelican

10:30 a.m.       15-min. Break

10:45 a.m.       Breakout: Tom Ridge Sandpiper

12:15 p.m.       Lunch Buffet Catalina Terrace

1:00 p.m.         Breakout: Jerry Michalski Sandpiper

2:30 p.m.         Free Afternoon

6:30 p.m.         Class Off-Site Dinners

Thursday, January 9

7:00 a.m.         Breakfast Buffet Top of the Surf

8:15 a.m.         Plenary Session: Jeff Fisher Pelican

9:15 a.m.         15-min. Break

9:30 a.m.         Plenary Session: Doug Pinkham Pelican

10:30 a.m.      15-min. Break

10:45 a.m.       Breakout: Jeff Fisher Sandpiper

12:15 p.m.       Lunch Buffet Catalina Terrace

2:00 p.m.         Breakout: Ibram Kendi Sandpiper

3:30 p.m.         Free Period

5:15 p.m.         Capstone Session and Graduation Pelican

6:00 p.m.         Farewell Reception & Dinner Poolside

Monday, January 6

2:30 p.m.         Registration Begins Pelican Foyer

5:00 p.m.         Welcome Remarks & Introductions Pelican

5:30 p.m.         Plenary Session: Amy Walter Pelican

6:30 p.m.         Welcome Reception & Dinner Poolside

Tuesday, January 7

7:00 a.m.         Breakfast Buffet Top of the Surf

8:15 a.m.         Plenary Session: Laura Olson Pelican

9:15 a.m.         15-min. Break

9:30 a.m.         Plenary Session: Tom Ridge Pelican

10:30 a.m.       15-min. Break

10:45 a.m.       Breakout: Tom Ridge Sand Castle

12:15 p.m.       Lunch Buffet Catalina Terrace

2:00 p.m.         Breakout: Laura Olson Sand Castle

3:30 p.m.         15-min. Break

3:45 p.m.         Breakout: Amy Walter Sand Castle

5:15 p.m.         Reception Ocean Terrace

6:30 p.m.         Class Off-Site Dinners

Wednesday, January 8

7:00 a.m.         Breakfast Buffet Top of the Surf

8:15 a.m.         Plenary Session: Ibram Kendi Pelican

9:15 a.m.         15-min. Break

9:30 a.m.         Plenary Session: Jerry Michalski Pelican

10:30 a.m.       15-min. Break

10:45 a.m.       Breakout: Ibram Kendi Sand Castle

12:15 p.m.       Class Photo Courtyard
                          Lunch Buffet Catalina Terrace / Free Afternoon

6:30 p.m.         Class Off-Site Dinners

Thursday, January 9

7:00 a.m.         Breakfast Buffet Top of the Surf

8:15 a.m.         Plenary Session: Jeff Fisher Pelican

9:15 a.m.         15-min. Break

9:30 a.m.         Plenary Session: Doug Pinkham Pelican

10:30 a.m.      15-min. Break

10:45 a.m.       Free Period

12:15 p.m.       Lunch Buffet Catalina Terrace

2:00 p.m.         Breakout: Jeff Fisher Sand Castle

3:30 p.m.         15-min. Break

3:45 p.m.         Breakout: Jerry Michalski Sand Castle

5:15 p.m.         Capstone Session and Graduation Pelican

6:00 p.m.         Farewell Reception & Dinner Poolside