Weekly discussion groups are one of the cornerstones of the Fellows Program. Over the course of eight weeks, each Fellow will lead a weekly 90-minute discussion with students on a current political topic. No required readings. No papers. Just lively discussions open to the entire university community.

The Fellows bring their unique perspective. All we ask is that you bring yours!

Discussion groups begin the week of February 7th.

Elliot Williams Anchor

Elliot Williams

Tuesdays, 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Topic: Politics and the Law Square Off. Which Wins?

Elliot Williams is a CNN Legal Analyst and a regular SiriusXM guest host. He served as deputy assistant attorney general for legislative affairs at the Department of Justice, and he spent several years as assistant director for legislative affairs at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Elliot is also a principal in The Raben Group’s Government Affairs Practice Group.

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Alyssa Farah Griffin Anchor

Alyssa Farah Griffin

Tuesdays, 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Topic: The Future of America’s Democracy in the Midst of the “MAGA” Movement

Alyssa Farah Griffin served as White House Communications Director under President Donald Trump, as Press Secretary to Vice President Mike Pence, and as the Press Secretary for the United States Department of Defense. She is the only person in history to have served as the top spokesperson for the President of the United States, the Vice President, and the Secretary of Defense in one administration. She is also the youngest Pentagon Press Secretary in history.

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Ashley Etienne Anchor

Ashley Etienne

Wednesdays, 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Topic: A Seat at the Table: The Politics of Power

Ashley Etienne served as Communications Director to the two highest-ranking women in American history — Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The first woman and person of color to hold that position for the Speaker. Ashley has also served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the Cabinet in the Obama-Biden Administration and also led communications on President Obama’s signature My Brother’s Keeper initiative.

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Kristen Soltis Anderson Anchor

Kristen Soltis Anderson

Wednesdays, 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Topic: Polling, Polarization, and the Value of Listening in American Politics

Kristen Soltis Anderson is a nationally respected Republican pollster, commentator, and author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up). She is a founding partner of Echelon Insights, an opinion research and analytics firm. Kristen is host of SiriusXM’s “The Trendline with Kristen Soltis Anderson” on their nonpartisan P.O.T.U.S politics channel.

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Dafna Linzer Anchor

Dafna Linzer

Thursdays, 2 pm – 3:30 pm

Topic: Trust in Government

Dafna Linzer was most recently the Managing Editor for Politics at NBC News and MSNBC where she was responsible for editorial across broadcast, cable and digital platforms. Prior to this role she built and launched MSNBC’s digital program bringing the newsroom into the digital age. She was a senior investigative reporter at ProPublica, national security correspondent with The Washington Post, and a senior editor on the Associated Press’s foreign desk.

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Wesley Lowery Anchor

Wesley Lowery

Thursdays, 4 pm – 5:30 pm

Topic: The Media in This Moment

Wesley Lowery is a correspondent for 60 Minutes+, the streaming version of CBS News’ iconic broadcast 60 Minutes. A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author, Wes is one of the country’s foremost journalists on issues of race, law enforcement, and social justice. Over the past decade, Lowery has extensively chronicled police shootings and the Black Lives Matter movement and interviewed leading newsmakers on these topics.

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