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The 2024 elections promise to be unlike any other in our nation’s history. It is likely that we have the two oldest major party candidates in US history running against each other (again). It will be contested against the backdrop of divisive cultural issues and a hyper-polarized electorate.
Please join Randolph-Macon College faculty for a series of insightful, engaging, and nonpartisan community conversations regarding our political landscape and the 2024 elections. All sessions will be held online on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm. Once registered, you can attend any or all of the sessions.
This webinar series will provide food for thought before and after the vote in November. The dates and topics are listed below.

Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 pm
Dr. Elliott Fullmer
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Director of the Washington Initiative
Democracy at Work: Voting and Representation in the 2024 Election
The 2024 race will feature a wide range of state policies regarding voting rights. The Electoral College will again grant heightened importance to particular states and citizens. How might these factors, among others, affect the election?

Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00 pm
Dr. Rich Meagher
Professor and Chair, Political Science Department
Ordained by God: The Role of Religion in the 2024 Election
Donald Trump seemingly has a stranglehold on the Republican Party – and evangelicals are among his biggest supporters. What role does religion play in BOTH parties, especially during the run-up to 2024’s crucial Presidential election?

Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 pm
Dr. Sam Allen
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
What’s the Use in Debating?
What is the role of debates in shaping public opinion, influencing electoral outcomes, and fostering informed civic engagement. We will discuss the relevance and efficacy of presidential debates.

Tuesday, October 15 at 7:00 pm
Dr. Joan Conners
The Charles J. Potts professor of Social Sciences
Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Studies
Political Cartoon Representations of Presidential Candidates in 2024
Political cartoons offer a visual critique of contemporary issues and people. How are they portraying presidential candidates in 2024? What patterns exist in those representations, and why?

Tuesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm
Dr. Lauren C. Bell, The James L. Miller Professor of Political Science; Special Assistant to the Provost
and Dr. Elliott Fullmer, Associate Professor of Political Science; Director of the Washington Initiative
Sifting Through the Noise: Making Sense of the 2024 Elections
After a long election season, there are countless questions on our minds. What do we know? And what does it mean for the coming years and American democracy?