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Overcoming Division – Strategies for Standing United

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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American Conversation Series Event

The American Conversation Series is back!  Join us at the Frank Arts Center Theater at Shepherd University on Thursday, January 25, at 7 p.m.

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The event is free but seating is limited.

What is the American Conversation Series?

Through public forums, each with multiple high-profile speakers representing all sides of the partisan and/or ideological aisle, the Stubblefield Institute hosts discussion relevant to everyone in our nation. The American Conversation Series events—open to students and the public—include elected leaders, well-recognized political media personalities, and influential experts in the field of media. 

Overcoming Division – Strategies for Standing United

Panel discussion on strategies for overcoming division in the U.S. 

What is the best way to overcome identity-based division? Building empathy? Moral imperative? An appeal to reason, common sense, or the rule of law?  What about using public opinion? This conversation will explore and analyze the many ways that we can overcome the identity issues that divide us. 


EJ Dionne Jr.

EJ Dionne, Jr. is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, and a university professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture program at Georgetown University. A nationally known and respected commentator on politics, Dionne appears weekly on National Public Radio and regularly on MSNBC. He has also appeared on News Hour with Jim Lehrer and other PBS programs. His latest book “One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Disillusioned, the Desperate, and the Not-Yet-Deported” was an instant New York Times bestseller. Read more about EJ Dionne Jr.

Ed Goeas

Ed Goeas is the former president and CEO of the Tarrance Group, one of the most respected and successful Republican survey research and strategy teams in American politics today. Goeas regularly appears as a political analyst on national public affairs programs including FOX News, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. Goeas has been widely published in professional and academic journals, including the Yale Law and Policy Review, on a variety of public policy issues based on his national research. In 2023, Goeas and Democratic pollster Celinda Lake teamed up to address how toxic popular and political culture is being recognized across the political spectrum in their book “A Question of Respect: Bringing us together in a deeply divided nation.” Read more about Ed Goeas

Louis L. Reed

Louis L. Reed is one of the country’s leading figures in the field of social impact. After spending nearly 14 years in federal prison, Reed went on to become Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships for Jay Z’s REFORM Alliance and the Director of National Organizing & Partnerships for Dream Corps JUSTICE, founded by Van Jones and Jessica Jackson. At JUSTICE, Reed grew the nation’s largest bi-partisan grassroots advocacy and organizing coalition through the Empathy Network. He recently launched Decoded: Story Lab, a documentary film company focused on examining the complexities of life and offering new perspectives on the human experience.   Read more about Louis L. Reed.


Sam Goldman

Sam Goldman, Moderator, is the executive director of the John L. Loeb Jr. Institute for Religious Diversity and the director of the Politics & Values Program at George Washington University. Read more about Sam Goldman.

With opening remarks by Dr. Mary J.C. Hendrix, president of Shepherd University.

Remote and Virtual Options

Topics from the American Conversation Series are relevant to everyone throughout our nation.  View this event live from anywhere, on the Stubblefield Institute YouTube channel.

A reception will follow the discussion.

Thank you to our partners:

West Virginia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ initiative, United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation

Skinner Accident and Injury Lawyers

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260 University Dr
Shepherdstown, 25443 United States
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