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An Online Dialogue on Faith and the Faithful in the 2020 Election: What Happened? Why? What Now?

November 10, 2020 @ 1:00 pm EST

A week after the United States’ election day, this online Georgetown dialogue will bring together respected reporters and experts on faith and politics to examine how religious values, voters, and communities shaped the debate and affected the outcome of the presidential election. They will also look back at what issues, strategies, and tactics were used by the Trump and Biden campaigns and how effective they were.This conversation will also look ahead to whether and how the nation can come together after the election and the roles of religious believers and communities in defending human life and dignity, lifting up “the least of these,” protecting our democracy, and pursuing the common good.
  • Yamiche Alcindor (C’09) (invited) is the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and a political contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. She is the 2020 recipient of the Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage from the White House Correspondents’ Association. She previously was a reporter for the New York Times, covering politics and social justice issues.
  • Elizabeth Dias is a national correspondent for the New York Times covering faith, values, and the 2020 elections. With degrees from Wheaton College and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is the 2016 recipient of the Hunt Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts, and Letters from America.
  • Elana Schor is a national reporter for religion and politics for the Associated Press. She is a former reporter for POLITICO, The Hill, The Guardian, and Greenwire where she covered issues from climate change to criminal justice reform.
  • Mark Shields is a weekly political commentator for the PBS NewsHour and syndicated political columnist. A graduate of Notre Dame and a former U.S. Marine, he has covered the last 12 presidential campaigns.
  • Christopher White is the national correspondent for National Catholic Reporter where he has covered the Catholic dimensions of the 2020 campaign. He is a former reporter for Crux and The Tablet newspaper of the diocese of Brooklyn.

John Carr, director of the Initiative, will moderate the dialogue.

This dialogue will have live closed captioning. For all other accommodation requests, please email cathsocialthought@georgetown.eduby November 9, 2020. A good-faith effort will be made to fulfill requests.

This Public Dialogue is part of the Initiative’s Faith and the Faithful series. It is co-sponsored by Bread for the World and is supported by the Democracy Fund.

The day of the discussion, all who have RSVP’d will receive an email with a link and step-by-step instructions on how to join the livestream.


November 10, 2020
1:00 pm EST
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Georgetown University – Initiative on Social Thought and Public Life
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