Fall 2021 discussion groups will begin the week of September 27th.

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!

Fall 2021 Discussion Groups

Charlotte Clymer (S’16) Anchor

Charlotte Clymer (S’16)

Charlotte Clymer is a writer, transgender activist, communications consultant, and military veteran. She previously served as the Press Secretary for Rapid Response at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest civil rights organization dedicated to advancing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) equality. Join her discussion group on Mondays from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Eastern) in the GU Politics Living Room.

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Rory Cooper Anchor

Rory Cooper

Rory Cooper is a veteran Republican political strategist who has seen Washington from every professional angle, including the White House, Congressional leadership, K Street, the media and campaigns. He was the communications director to former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. As part of the original staff in the Office for Homeland Security at the White House, Rory played a central role in the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the development of a national homeland security strategy in the aftermath of 9/11. Join his discussion group on Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Eastern) in the GU Politics Living Room.

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Bob Lighthizer (C’69, L’73) Anchor

Bob Lighthizer (C’69, L’73)

Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer is an attorney and government official who served as the United States Trade Representative during the Trump Administration. Join his discussion group on Thursdays from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Eastern) in the GU Politics Living Room.

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Amna Nawaz Anchor

Amna Nawaz

Amna Nawaz is the chief correspondent for PBS NewsHour. Prior to joining the NewsHour, Nawaz was an anchor and correspondent at ABC News, anchoring breaking news coverage and leading the network’s digital coverage of the 2016 presidential election. Before that, she served as a foreign correspondent at NBC News, reporting from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria, Turkey, and the broader region. She is also the founder and former managing editor of NBC’s Asian America platform, built to elevate the voices of America’s fastest-growing population. In December 2019, Nawaz co-moderated the PBS NewsHour/Politico Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, becoming the first Asian American and the first Muslim American in history to moderate a presidential debate. Join her discussion group on Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Eastern) in the GU Politics Living Room.

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Rebecca Pearcey Anchor

Rebecca Pearcey

Rebecca Pearcey served as Senator Elizabeth Warren’s political director and senior advisor to her presidential campaign, overseeing strategy in all 57 states and territories, and managing staff in over 30 states. Last year, she joined Bryson Gillette, a strategic communications and public affairs firm based in Los Angeles and Washington, DC. As Vice President of Bryson Gillette, Rebecca oversees local,  state, and national political campaigns for the firm.  Join her discussion group on Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Eastern) in the GU Politics Living Room.

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Brian Stelter Anchor

Brian Stelter

Brian Stelter is the chief media correspondent for CNN Worldwide and anchor of the show “Reliable Sources,” which examines the week’s top media stories. Prior to joining CNN, Stelter was a media reporter at The New York Times.  Join his discussion group on Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (Eastern) in the GU Politics Living Room.

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