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US Presidential Election Roundtable

Held on the 31st Aug 2020

at 5pm to

, Online

Add to Calendar 2020-08-31 17:00:00 2020-08-31 18:30:00 Australia/Sydney US Presidential Election Roundtable Join a panel of local and US experts discussing the most controversial Presidential Election in living memory. Online
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Join a panel of local and US experts discussing the most controversial Presidential Election in living memory.


  • John Barron, Planet America, ABC TV
  • Professor Alison Dagnes, Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania
  • Dr Gorana Grgic, US Studies Centre, University of Sydney
  • Hosted by Dr Matt Killingsworth, University of Tasmania

The 2020 US Presidential Election is shaping as the most important, controversial and divisive election in living memory. The Politics and International Programme at the University of Tasmania, in conjunction with the Australian Institute of International Affairs, is hosting a panel of local and American experts who will dissect and discuss the key events and moments that will impact this year’s election. The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Barron picJohn Barron hosts Planet America and The Drum on ABC TV. He is the author of three books, including Vote For Me about the American presidential election process, and is a Research Associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. John has written about US and Australian politics for publications including The Washington Post, and produced and presented documentary features The Party of Reagan and First Stop, Iowa which have screened in the US, China and Australia. As the ABC's Fact Checker, John kept politicians honest during the 2013 and 2016 Federal elections — or at least tried to.

Dagnes picProfessor Alison Dagnes is a Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. She is the author of Super Mad at Everything All the Time: Political Media and Our National Anger, Politics on Demand: The Effects of 24-Hour News On American Politics and A Conservative Walks Into a Bar: The Politics of Political Humor. Alison frequently speaks on the topic of the modern political media system and its effects. She has also edited two books on political scandal and is a national expert on sex scandals, which pleases her father to no end. Prior to receiving her doctorate in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Dr Dagnes was a producer for C-SPAN in Washington, DC, which isn’t as boring as it sounds.

Grgic picDr Gorana Grgic is a jointly appointed Lecturer at the Department of Government and International Relations, and the United States Studies Centre, at the University of Sydney. Gorana’s research interests include US foreign policy, transatlantic relations, conflict resolution and democratisation. She is the author of Ethnic Conflict in Asymmetric Federations which explores the nexus between political liberalisation, asymmetric federalism and ethnic conflicts. She has been a regular political contributor for ABC News and Sky News, and has written for and contributed to a number of domestic and international media outlets and policy institutes.

The discussion will be moderated by Dr Matt Killingsworth, Head of Discipline, Politics and International Relations, at the University of Tasmania.

Presented in partnership with the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

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