This panel will discuss the intersection of culture and politics and how a better understanding of these two forces can mend our country’s divides. The topic is of keen interest to anyone concerned about the growing divisions among Americans.



Elizabeth Currid-Halkett (Price School) whose forthcoming book, "The Overlooked Americans," reveals unrecognized similarities among Americans that provide clues for how to unite us, as well as the cultural hot buttons that divide us.

Jeffrey Jenkins (Price School), whose most recent book, "Republican Party Politics and the American South, 1865-1968" (Oxford Press, 2020), shows how the GOP evolved from a biracial party into one dominated by whites, with lessons that inform today’s politics.

Geoffrey Cowan (Annenberg) Geoffrey Cowan is a lawyer, academic administrator, government official, best-selling author, distinguished professor, nonprofit executive, and Emmy Award-winning producer. His books include: "See No Evil: The Backstage Battle Over Sex and Violence on Television," the best-selling "The People v. Clarence Darrow: The Bribery Trial of America’s Greatest Lawyer," and "Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary."


Robert Shrum (USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future) is one of the country’s most widely respected former political consultants, having overseen campaigns for Ted Kennedy and Al Gore, among many others. His autobiography "Concessions of a Serial Campaigner" is a must-read for political enthusiasts.

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