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The purpose of the Ojai Chautauqua is to engage Ventura County in civil discourse about controversial and highly passionate subjects.

ojai chautauquaMay 6th • 4:30-6:30PM

An Unconventional Presidency -
Donald Trump’s First One Hundred Days in Office

Donald Trump promised he would change Washington. Are these changes for the better or for the worse? Opinions remain divided. Trump has not disappointed his core supporters but he has been unable to win over those who opposed him during last year’s campaign. What have supporters and opponents learned about the new President and how he plans to govern? Join a panel of political experts and analysts to discuss this unique and important time in our nation’s history.

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ojai chautauqua 2017June 3rd • 4:30-6:30PM

Politics, Media, and Society

If you didn’t know what Twitter was before the 2016 Presidential Election, you certainly do now. Many of us grew up with three television networks and an evening newspaper. Since then we’ve moved from a time of talk radio and cable television to an era dominated by On-Line and Social Media. What does it mean when each one of us can decide the news we want to hear and the news we can simply ignore? How can we take on the common challenges of our society if we can’t agree on common facts? Is this why Politics is broken?Join some of the smartest minds in media and politics on the changing role of Political News Media and what it means for us.

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dan schnur ojai chautauquaModerator - Dan Schnur
Dan Schnur is a professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communications and at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley. Schnur is the founder of the USC/LA Times Poll and the former Chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission. He is an educator and political reformer, striving for government transparency, bipartisan cooperation, and civics education. In addition to his classes at USC and Berkeley, Schnur has taught at Harvard University and George Washington University. Schnur also has worked on four Presidential and three Gubernatorial campaigns, and is a featured commentator in national print and television news. He has a weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle and can be followed on Twitter @danschnur.

May 6th Panelists:

ojai chautauquaClaudia Cowan is the Fox News Channel San Francisco-based correspondent. Cowan covers breaking news such as the Asiana crash at SFO, the reaction to the ruling on Proposition 8, the impact of President Trump’s travel ban, as well as local and state political stories on immigration, deportation, Sanctuary Cities, and the anti-fracking movement. She also covers general news issues such as education, healthcare, science, technology, and the environment. Cowan has covered political candidates and campaigns throughout her career, most recently reporting on then candidate Trump during his 2016 Presidential Campaign. Cowan began her career at FOX News, Los Angeles in 1998 and also has worked for NBC and CBS affiliates in other California media markets.

Henry C. “C.J.” Jackson is a writer and editor for POLITICO, focusing on President Donald Trump and the current administration. He teaches at USC's Annenberg School of Communications and serves as a Dole Fellow at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas, his alma mater. Jackson brings more than a decade of covering national politics, campaigns and elections. Prior to POLITICO, he was a national writer for The Associated Press in Washington D.C., and Des Moines, Iowa, and began his career at The Kansas City Star.

ojai chautauquaMike Madrid is a principal at the public affairs firm, GrassrootsLab. An expert on Latino voting trends, Madrid has served as the press secretary for the California Assembly Republican leader and as the political director for the California Republican Party. He was named one of the USA’s most influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine. A graduate of Georgetown University, Madrid is a regular commentator on Latino political issues in statewide and national media publications.

ojai chautauquaJohanna Maska is a former White House Aide and LA-based Consultant. Maska was Director of Press Advance for President Barack Obama, managing President Obama’s public image on trips for eight years across the United States and to 40 countries including extended tours of Asia, South America, Europe and Africa. She played a key role on both the 2008 and 2012 Presidential elections, starting in Iowa in 2007 and concluding in early 2015. Prior to that Maska worked in politics in Iowa and Kansas. In Los Angeles Maska works with businesses from early stage to publicly traded on international strategic communications, crisis preparedness and growth.

ojai chautauquaSeema Mehta is a political writer for the Los Angeles Times. Mehta covered the 2016, 2012 and 2008 Presidential campaigns, as well as Gubernatorial, Senate and Mayoral races in Los Angeles and across California. She appears weekly on MSNBC and was named one of the top state political reporters by the Washington Post. Mehta contributed to the coverage of devastating wildfires that won the Los Angeles Times the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. She can be followed on Twitter @LATSeema



Watch the October 8, 2016, panel on the
2016 Presidential Election - Part Two - What Happenes Next?

Watch the September 17, 2016, panel on the
2016 Presidential Election - Part One - How Did We Get Here?

Watch the June 7, 2015, panel on Income Inequality

Watch the April 12, 2015, panel on Immigration

Watch the November 9, 2014, panel on The Future of Fracking

Watch the June 22, 2014, panel on The Future of Water


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