The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, in partnership with the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania, and in collaboration with POLITICO, presents three days of open discussions on important domestic and international issues at the 2024 Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.

Scheduled from Tuesday, July 16 to Thursday, July 18, these roundtable discussions will feature leading journalists, international figures, historians, and notable political, social, and academic decision-makers. Inspired by the vision of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, the Annenberg Schools have held discussions on politics, media, and society at the national political conventions since 2000 in addition to one or both schools taking students for experiential learning. 

Confirmed guests to date include Washington Post associate editor and national political columnist Karen Tumulty, host of The Record on Newsmax Greta Van Susteren, CNN political analyst and Republican strategist David Urban, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel state politics reporter Jessie Opoien, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer David Hume Kennerly, former NPR president John Lansing, and former Congressman and presidential candidate Joe Walsh

DAY 1

Tuesday, July 16

9 AM-10 AM: International Broadcasting and Public Diplomacy

Learn how international broadcasters interface with public diplomacy and hear from leading figures in both the broadcasting and diplomacy fields. Join us at 8:30 for a buffet breakfast before the panel! 

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10 AM-11 AM: Open Roundtable Discussion Moderated by Greta Van Susteren and Elex Michaelson
Join hosts Greta Van Susteren – Host of The Record with Greta Van Susteren on Newsmax – and Elex Michaelson – Weeknight news anchor on Fox 11 in Los Angeles and host of CA’s statewide political show “The Issue Is:” – for a wide-ranging conversation covering up the minute news and drop-in appearances.

11 AM-12 PM: Election Cybersecurity in the Age of AI

Launched in 2016, the USC Election Cybersecurity Initiative is a non-partisan independent project, aimed to help protect campaigns and elections. Join to hear about workshops for election officials, campaign workers, policymakers, and concerned citizens across all 50 states, for an overview of how to keep our elections safe in an age of AI and disinformation. Lunch will be served!

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DAY 2

Wednesday, July 17

9 AM-10 AM: Politics and the Media in the 2024 Election: Shaping the Narrative with POLITICO

In 2024, the role and responsibility of the news media in shaping the political narrative is being examined more closely than ever. Hosted by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in partnership with Politico, this dynamic roundtable discussion features top journalists and political strategists discussing the evolving media landscape and its impact on contemporary elections. Join us at 8:30 for a buffet breakfast before the panel!

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11 AM-12 PM: Two parties? Four parties? Intraparty dissent in 2024

With roughly half of Americans identifying as independent or unaffiliated and the reality of clear schisms within the major parties — between pro and anti-Trump Republicans and between moderate and progressive Democrats. Are these clear schisms reconcilable? Will the 2024 election result in a major party alignment?

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Thursday, July 18

9 AM-10 AM: Why History Matters

Attend an expert panel discussion on how specific important historical events have shaped our current political landscape and what we can learn from them. Hear from panelists who have experienced monumental history first-hand as they share how they’ve seen our future shaped before their eyes. Join us at 8:30 for a buffet breakfast before the panel! 

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11 AM-12 PM: Election Keystone: 2024 Pennsylvania Statewide and Down Ballot Races

Understand the pivotal role Pennsylvania will play in 2024, with the Presidential election seemingly locked in a statistical tie in the determinative “swing states.” This panel will also look at down-ballot races in Pennsylvania and competitive House and Senate races elsewhere and forecast the Congressional balance of power likely to emerge from the 2024 election. Lunch will be served.

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