Bridging the Divide 2020

Bridging the Divide 2020

Sadly, one thing many people agree on is that the outcomes in the 2020 election, our nation was likely to remain deeply divided. Repairing or bridging the deep political and social divisions within our society will require leadership, consensus building, and trust.

We at the University of Notre Dame are not immune from the political polarization in our nation. However, we have the benefit of being members of a supportive academic community – one that encourages respect for others’ opinions, promotes critical thinking, and recognizes the struggles of those around us.

In this spirit, Notre Dame hosted a six-part speaker series ahead of the presidential election on some of the issues that often divide Americans. Our aim was to help people find common ground on these issues through civil discourse and thoughtful conversations. The series was offered by the Office of the Provost in partnership with the colleges, schools, centers, and institutes across the University.

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Series Description

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Format Length Title Speaker
Video 60 minutes View the Event
Article 1 minute John Duffy
Article 1 minute Lisa Fazio
Article 1 minute Maura Policelli (Moderator)
Article 1 minute Tim Weninger
Podcast 34 minutes On Reporting and Politics Office of the Provost
Video 60 minutes The Media and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign Notre Dame Alumni Association
Video 4 minutes Arguments and Disagreement Notre Dame Alumni Association
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Format Length Title Speaker
Video 60 minutes View the Event
Article 1 minute David Campbell (Moderator)
Article 1 minute Caitlin Conant '08
Article 1 minute Darren Davis
Video 90 minutes Poverty in America: Is Progress Possible in our Polarized Times? American Enterprise Institute
Video 86 minutes Partisan Politics in the Era of Trump Notre Dame Law School
Video 81 minutes A House Divided – Polarization in Our Common Life de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture
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Format Length Title Speaker
Article 1 minute Veronica Root Martinez (Moderator)
Video 60 minutes View the Event
Article 1 minute David Hooker
Article 1 minute James Sullivan '93
Video 24 minutes Race, Religion, and Reparative Justice: Black Lives Matter and International Human Rights Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion
Video 87 minutes Race, Violence, and Protest: A Conversation about the Ongoing Struggle for Justice Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Video 53 minutes Deepfake Conference Panel III: Marginalized Populations Technology Ethics Center
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Format Length Title Speaker
Video 60 minutes View the Event
Article 1 minute Dianne Pinderhughes
Article 1 minute Christina Wolbrecht
Article 1 minute Kenya Young '94 (Moderator)
Article 2 minutes Political scientist releases definitive research on the first century of women voters Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Podcast 28 minutes Women’s Suffrage and Political Barbies Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Video 60 minutes Was Women’s Suffrage a Failure? College of Arts and Letters
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Format Length Title Speaker
Video 60 minutes View the Event
Article 1 minute Pete Buttigieg
Article 1 minute Anne Thompson '79 (Moderator)
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Format Length Title Speaker
Video 60 minutes View the Event
Article 1 minute Meet the Moderator
Article 1 minute Meet the Panelists
Article 1 minute Study Shows Social Media an Effective Tool for Predicting Voting Outcomes Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Video 10 minutes Domer Dozen 2019 Honoree: Nicole Sganga ’15 Alumni Association