My Life My Say (MLMS), in partnership with the University of Westminster, is proud to present a US election special event on 3 November.
From building a wall that "the Mexicans will pay for" to FBI investigations of lost emails and revelations of sexual assaults, the 2016 US presidential election is arguably the most important, as well as the most strange, election in modern US history. Although the election has been portrayed as a rather comedic affair in the UK and world news outlets in the past year, the election of the 'Leader of the Free World' has the potential to seriously affect the politics of every nation around the globe.
With election day quickly approaching on 8 November, and polls showing Clinton and Trump neck and neck (CNN for example has Clinton at 47% and Trump at 42%) a fact-checking and intellectual discussion on the US presidential election is essential.
The purpose of this event is to explore the possible impact that the US presidential election result may have on the UK, as well as to provide critical analysis on the presidential candidates’ proposed policies.
We are proud and excited to announce the following speakers have confirmed so far:
Beth Gardiner is a freelance journalist with works appearing in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian and the Times. Prior to this, she worked 10 years for the Associated Press, first based in New York and then in London. She mainly covers climate, energy and environment issues around the world with a specific emphasis on the impact of air pollution on health.
Professor Jonathan Bell teaches US history at University College London as well as being Director of UCL's Institute of the Americas. He specialises in US political history, with an emphasis on American liberalism and its adaption to social change. Additionally, Professor Bell is Chair of the Historians of the Twentieth-Century United States, and is an AHRC Strategic Reviewer and member of its Peer Review College.
Dr Jacob Parakilas is Assistant Head of the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House. He specialises in US foreign policy, international security and US-Mexico border security. Before Chatham House, he worked for World Security Institute, the Arms Control Association and the US Department of Homeland Security.