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The purpose of the Ojai Chautauqua is to engage Ventura County in civil discourse about controversial and highly passionate subjects. We are please to announce two events this fall, both on the coming Presidential Election:

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 follows the event.

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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.

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dan schnur and the ojai chautauquaModerator - Dan Schnur

Dan is the Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California, where he works to motivate students to become involved in politics, government, and public service and teaches popular classes in politics, communications and leadership. He also is the founder and Director of the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences/Los Angeles Times poll series. Dan has worked for years as a political reformer and has held several leadership positions in this field. In 2010, Dan was appointed Chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). During his tenure, he implemented groundbreaking campaign finance disclosure requirements for independent committees, appointed a bipartisan task force to update California’s 1978 Political Reform Act, and worked to assure the disclosure of campaign finance and spending practices, fair elections, and government transparency.  Dan also was a founder and co-chairman of the Voices of Reform project, the bi-partisan statewide effort whose work laid the foundation for California’s landmark redistricting reform.




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


Stay tuned for the 2015 Ojai Chautauqua Season

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