Sunday, July 26, 2020, 3PM to 4:30 PM EDT


This is an online event.
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Clearview Energy

Nuvance Health

Mayflower Inn & Spa

Drakeley Pool Company, LLC
Eckert Fine Art
Kevin L. Dumas CPA, LLC
Litchfield Distillery
The Matthews Group
Regional Hospice
Trevenen & Coploff, LLC


Anne Sutherland Fuchs, Leni & Peter May and Jane Whitney

Anonymous, John & Jody Arnhold, Julie & Bob Bailey, Lisa Coleman, Linda & Bernie Dishy, Sarah Gager, Merle & Barry Ginsburg, Gloria & Marty Greenstein, Susan & Murray Haber, Judy Jackson & Bruce Haims, Barbara & Gene Kohn, Ellen McCourt, Kirsten Peckerman, Kathleen Peratis, Rod Pleasants & Steve Godwin, Kathy Wenning and Michael Dennis

Anonymous, Dr. Pat Allen and Douglas McIntyre, Deborah Benson & Frederic Marx, Candace Bowes & David Kurtz, Dick & Pam Cantor, Abbey Darer & Tom Rosenwald, Alisa Field & Alan Sandals, Valerie Friedman, Ene Riisna & Jim Greenfield, Jane & Bill Havemeyer, Paul Healy & Didier Malaquin, Judith Heller, Susan Hirschhorn & Arthur Klebanoff, Susan & Steven Levkoff, Ann Lozman, Susan McCone & Robert Wessely, Adriana & Robert Mnuchin, Rod Pleasants & Steve Godwin, Barbara Paul Robinson & Charles Raskob Robinson, Glynnis & Mark Snow, Ellen & John Stiteler, Melinda & William vanden Heuvel

Chrissy Armstrong & Ben Nickoll
The Prunier Family
Point Studio, Inc. 



Conversations On the Green

Why wait until November to find out who won the 2020 presidential campaign! Or which party captured the Senate. Or what happened in the House. 

Although voters won’t head off to the polls for a couple of months, the wizards of political prognostication will assemble Sunday, July 26th in a virtual town hall to pull back the ballot booth’s curtain and explain the numbers that will transfix us all on election night.

The symposium, “Prescient Predictions: Who Won 2020,” will discuss the dominant forces driving the campaign and how they will determine who wins. The panel of all-star forecasters will explain how the two major party candidates are assembling their coalitions, what voting blocs will tip the outcome and which states are key to victory.

But be forewarned: the show carries a November spoiler alert. 

The forum, Conversations On the Green’s fourth event of the season, will be led by Steve Kornacki, whose smooth statistical flights across his famous MSNBC “Big Board” on election nights defy gravity and leave viewers breathless. A lifelong politics wonk, he is an NBC national political correspondent and the paragon of a statistical geek who effortlessly can turn columns of numbers into comprehensible analyses of trends. 

An exception to the partisan zealots that dominate cable news shows, the 40-year-old Kornacki is a self-described sports nut who is obsessed by game shows and has written for myriad major newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Salon. In addition to piloting “The Big Board” on MSNBC’s election night coverage, he has hosted several of the network’s programs. 

The “It-Girl” of political forecasting, Dr. Rachel Bitecofer, a 42-year-old election forecaster and senior fellow at The Niskanen Center, will headline the panel with Kornacki. She was largely unknown in the male-dominated world of political forecasting until November 2018, when she nailed the Democrats’ win in the House. Not only did she get the numbers right, she did it earlier than anyone: she made her forecast in July, then stuck with it while polling shifted throughout the summer and fall.

The method behind Dr. Bitecofer’s madness blows up conventional wisdom and, as she puts it with characteristic chutzpah, amounts to nothing less than “flipping giant paradigms of electoral theory upside down.” Her concept is that modern American elections aren’t determined by swing voters but rather by shifts in who votes. She’s an extreme apostle of the old saw that “turnout explains everything” and argues that most experts have been slow to understand the impact of polarization’s heralded rooting. 

David Axelrod, the chief strategist for arguably the two best managed presidential campaigns - Obama’s longshot but victorious effort in 2008 and his re-election drive four years later - completes the panel. Mild-mannered and soft-spoken with an appreciation of Chicago’s bare-knuckled campaign tactics, Axelrod is credited with implementing the people-powered, grass-roots campaign style that allowed the obscure Illinois senator to overwhelm better known and better financed opponents. 

Now a senior CNN political commentator, Axelrod began his career at The Chicago Tribune covering national, state and local politics. He says politics appealed to him because he is an idealist and in 1985 started the political consulting firm, Axelrod & Associates. He soon became known as a specialist in urban politics and for working with black politicians, advising minority mayoral candidates in major cities around the country. He nearly sat out the 2008 campaign as five of the leading candidates were former clients and he had deep personal ties to Hillary Clinton, who had raised major funding for epilepsy research on behalf of a foundation co-founded by his wife and mother, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, CURE. 

But he ultimately decided to become Obama’s chief strategist and media advisor. After helping to lead Obama’s 2012 reelection drive, he stepped back from American campaigns and founded the non-partisan Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, where he serves as director. 

Moderated by former NBC correspondent and national talk show host Jane Whitney, this interactive symposium, which begins at 3 p.m. on July 26th and runs 90 minutes, will be live streamed, allowing anyone with an internet-connected device to participate and ask questions.


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  •  American Nurses Foundation Coronavirus Response Fund:   addressing emerging needs of nurses on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response.
  •  Greenwoods Counseling & Referrals, Inc.:  helping members of the Litchfield County Community and beyond find access to compassionate and high-quality mental health and related care.
  •  New Milford Hospital: helping to secure the latest technology, attract the best medical staff and provide the compassionate, patient-centered care for which they are nationally recognized. 
  •  Susan B. Anthony Project: promoting safety, healing, and growth for all survivors of domestic and sexual abuse and advocates for the autonomy of women and the end of interpersonal violence.

We look forward to seeing you!

Clearview Energy and Glenmede are proud to sponsor the virtual events and Connecticut Public Television broadcasts of Conversations On the Green.