The purpose of the Ojai Chautauqua is to engage Ventura County in civil discourse about controversial and highly passionate subjects. We are pleased to offer two events this fall, both on the coming Presidential Election. The first took place on Saturday, September 17th, 2016. Watch the panel discussion at right. The second panel - What Happens Next? - Takes place on Saturday, October 8th. See full details below.
Appearing on the 2016 panels (September 17th and October 8th):
Gail Becker -
Former head of Global Communications for Edelman Worldwide.
Brian Calle -
Opinion editor of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Jeff Greenfield -
Award-winning television journalist and author.
Cinny Kennard -
Executive Director of the Annenberg Foundation
Steve Lopez -
Los Angeles Times columnist
Larry Mantle -
Longtime host of “Airtalk” on KPCC.
Adam Nagourney -
National Political Reporter and LA Bureau Chief for the New York Times.
Conan Nolan -
KNBC political editor and host of weekly “News Conference” program.
Bill Schneider -
Professor of Communications at UCLA and longtime CNN commentator.
Roberto Suro -
Professor at USC and Director of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute.
Moderator - Dan Schnur
Director, Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC and the former chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission.
Saturday, October 8 • 4:30-6:30PM
The 2016 Campaign (Part Two): What Happens Next?
In the closing days of an unusually contentious and divisive presidential campaign, we will look beyond Election Day to the challenges facing our next President, the new Congress -- and the American people.
Throughout our history, even the most strident and partisan among us have found a way to come together when the nation’s future required it. Can we still find a way to overcome our geographic, demographic and ideological differences?
Be part of a discussion that examines the nation’s most pressing policy matters and whether our elected leaders can put aside their differences after the election to confront the greatest challenges America faces in the 21st century.
A wine and cheese reception follows the event.
Saturday, September 17 • 4:30-6:30PM
The 2016 Campaign (Part One): How Did We Get Here?
Join us for a conversation that looks beyond the daily headlines to examine the broader political landscape that has produced such an unusually contentious and polarizing election season.
As our society experiences the most sweeping economic and technological changes since the Industrial Revolution, the relationship between voters and their leaders has been fundamentally altered. Similarly sweeping changes in the way we receive information and the way we communicate with each other have dramatically upended the traditional campaign dialogue.
Will the 2016 election be a preview of the future of politics in America – or can we do better?
A wine and cheese reception follow the event.