The American Conversation Series

This ongoing series of public forums, each with multiple high-profile speakers representing all sides of the partisan and/or ideological aisle. The events—open to students and the public—will include elected leaders, well-recognized political media personalities, and influential experts in the field of media.


 March 12, 2020

Healthcare: The Issue of Our Time

We now intend to focus an entire event on healthcare, our first forum devoted to a single issue. The Institute’s belief is that the debate over healthcare remains the most important issue among American voters and is especially intense during a presidential election year. Our goal is to demonstrate this issue can be discussed in a civil, authentic manner and more importantly, in a way that intelligent, solutions can be reached. We are excited to bring three healthcare policy experts, Grace-Marie Turner, Richard Master, and Len Nichols, together to participate in an open discussion with a moderator, Susan Dentzer. The event will be in the Frank Center Theater from 6:30- 8 p.m. A reception will follow. You can reserve your tickets here.

Sponsored by WVU Medicine and Meritus Health.


March 2, 2020

Student Leadership Academy

This one-day seminar offers students an introduction to principles of leadership and strategic decision-making via presentations by practitioners, an introduction to academic theory and cases of principles of leadership and decision-making, and participation in a group simulation. The primary audience will be high school juniors and seniors, from pre-selected high schools in West Virginia and Maryland. The event will be a simulation led by Dr. Samuel Greene and faculty from the Political Science and Global Studies department.

Sponsored by CNB Bank.

February 3, 2020

Talking Politics in An Angry America: How Do We Discuss Politics in a Divided Nation?

As division and polarization continue to influence today’s political environment, many Americans are looking for ways to discuss our political disagreements with a more reasoned and constructive approach. Is this possible? In the second installment of the American Conversation Series, “Talking Politics in an Angry America”, an experienced round table of nationally recognized political figures, policy analysts, and media experts will offer important insight on how and why our country has become so angry with politics, and what ‘we the people’ can do to begin mending the current system. This event is 6:30-8 p.m. in the Student Center Storer Ballroom. A reception will follow the discussion.


November 4, 2019

An Evening with Donna Brazile and Mercedes Schlapp: The State of Political Discourse in Today’s America. An American Conversation Series Event

An evening with Donna Brazile and Mercedes Schlapp. Two powerful women, former Democratic Party National Chairwoman and former White House Director of Strategic Communications for President Trump offering their unique perspective on how America can restore civility and positive discourse to a nation divided by its political differences. This event is from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Frank Center Theater.


October 1, 2019

The Stubblefield Institute of Civil Political Communication Dedication

U.S. Senators Joe Manchin and Shelly Moore Capito, representing two parties but one state, come together to help dedicate the Bonnie and Bill Stubblefield Institute for Civil Political Communications.

“The American Conversation Series” will continue with major public events in Spring 2020, as well as Fall 2020.  Speakers and topics that often divide us as citizens are currently being scheduled.

We invite you to stay tuned.

Candidate Town Halls and Debates will be scheduled throughout the year, according to the timetable of national and state elections. Invitations have been currently extended to all 2020 presidential candidates to visit Shepherd University.