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A new speaker series examining the run-up to the 2022 mid-term congressional elections will bring to the Fairfax Campus nine political insiders who will dissect campaigns, explain strategies, and explore breaking headlines, all the way up to the Tuesday before Election Day.
The series, “First Tuesday: A Weekly Speakers Series on the 2022 Congressional Elections,” is open to all George Mason University students, staff, and faculty, and takes place each Tuesday (except for October 11) at 9 a.m. in the Main Reading Room of Fenwick Library.
The series is moderated by Robinson Professor of Public Affairs Steven Pearlstein as part of his Govt 490: Polarization and the 2022 Election course.
“The purpose here is to give students a sense of what campaigns and elections are like from the inside,” said Pearlstein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the Washington Post. “I am particularly excited to have Bill Hamilton, who is the only person to have ever been the political editor of both the New York Times and the Washington Post.”
Pearlstein also expects intriguing insights from U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, one of the few Republicans who stood up to the previous president’s election challenge and, the professor added, “lived—politically—to talk about it.”
The series begins Tuesday, September 6, with guest Ashley Jardina, a new associate professor at the Schar School and author of the well-received book, White Identity Politics. She won the 2022 Emerging Scholar award from the American Political Science Association (APSA) for her work in the field of racial politics.
The complete lineup is below.
Associate Professor Ashley Jardina
Mason Professor, Author of White Identity Politics
Hart Research, NBC-Wall St. Journal Poll
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.)
GOP Media Strategist, George Mason alumnus
Chief of Staff to Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.)
Political Director, Elizabeth Warren presidential campaign
Strategist to Governor Glenn Younkin (R-Va.) campaign
Former Washington Editor, New York Times