Journalist Callie Crossley Moderates UNH Lecture Series on the American Presidency Oct. 12 and Nov. 10

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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DURHAM, N.H.—The 2020 elections are the subject of two online panel discussions at the University of New Hampshire that will be moderated by the Boston-based, award-winning journalist and filmmaker Callie Crossley in the Rutman Distinguished Lecture Series on the American Presidency. The first discussion, “The 2020 Election: What Might Happen and What it Might Mean,” will take place Monday, Oct. 12, 2020, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The second, “The 2020 Election: What Happened and Why,” will take place Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Register at

In “The 2020 Election: What Might Happen and What it Might Mean,” Crossley will guide a conversation with Tito Jackson ’99, former Boston city counselor and mayoral candidate; Emily Baer, assistant professor of political science; and Kurk Dorsey, professor of history; about the potential outcomes of the 2020 elections, covering the presidential and congressional races as well as New Hampshire’s contests. From the long lens of history to the micro level of ground-game politics, the panel will contextualize and analyze the current political moment and consider what it tells us about our nation’s future.

One week after the election, Crossley will return to moderate “The 2020 Election: What Happened and Why,” a discussion with Jennifer Horn, co-founder of the Lincoln Project and former chair of the NH Republican Party; Andy Smith, professor of practice in political science and director of the UNH Survey Center; and Jason Sokol, professor of history. The panel will examine the outcomes of the elections as well as the issues and forces that shaped the electorate’s will in 2020.

Crossley hosts WGBH’s Under the Radar with Callie Crossley, provides Monday morning commentaries on WGBH’s Morning Edition, appears on WGBH-TV’s Beat the Press and hosts Basic Black, which focuses on current events concerning communities of color. She has won numerous awards for journalism, documentary film and community service. She has been named by GK100 as one of Boston’s Top 100 Influential People of Color.

Housed in the College of Liberal Arts at UNH, the Rutman Distinguished Lecture Series on the American Presidency is generously supported by J. Morgan '84 and Tara Rutman. The series focuses on American political history with an emphasis on the modern and historical context of the American presidency.

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