Inspire US Political Masterclasses
The first Masterclass took place on 29th September 2020 where our panel, including Dr Henry Thomson from The University of Arizona, discussed the intricacies of data, polls and research when it comes to understanding why people vote.
Powering Futures: A 2hr workshop for Year 7 - 8 students focusing on team-building and introducing students to engineering and sustainability through engaging activities. There is also an optional STEM activity which students can take part in. This workshop can take place virtually (when students are in school) or in person.
In September 2020, The Talent Foundry launched an exciting new Masterclass series as part of the wider Inspire US programme. Each week, Andy Bookless and John Blake brought together experts in the fields of American politics, government and education to discuss and dissect important issues for voters ahead of the US Presidential Election on 3rd November. If you want to start a conversation on Twitter about the Masterclasses and the topics involved, we would love to hear from you! Please do so using the hashtag #InspireUS.
The second Masterclass in the Inspire US series took place on 6th October 2020 and explored the issue of race as a voter issue. Our panel included campaign strategists Kinn Badger and Christine Fang as well as Rupande Mehta, who at the time, was running for State Senate in New Jersey.
On 13th October 2020, our panel converged for the third political Masterclass. This week our guests, including Dr William Field from Rutgers University, discussed the importance of visible strong political leadership for voters in the run-up to an election.
The fourth Masterclass in the series took place on 20th October 2020 and saw the panel take-on one of the biggest issues for voters heading to the polls; jobs and the economy. Our guest for this week was Professor James P. Moore, former Secretary of State for Commerce in the Reagan Administration.
On 27th October 2020, the fifth Masterclass in the series saw the panel discuss one of the most contentious issues for voters in the United States: the complicated relationship between the mainstream media and the presidency. Our guest this week was Major Garrett, Chief Washington Correspondent for CBS News who dialled in live from a CBS news studio.
Our final Masterclass of 2020 took place on Election Day in the United States - Tuesday 3rd November. Panel guests dialled-in from key battleground states such as Arizona and Florida and gave live updates about voters at the polls and early trends in these key areas.
100 days since Election Day, on 11th February 2021, our panel came together one last time to discuss and dissect what had been a hugely eventful three months since the election. Key topics for discussion were the results of the election in key states, historic inaugurations, and the insurrection of the Capitol in early January 2021.