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Voices of Dissent

Oct 21 @ 12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion with political experts Steve Schmidt and Sarah Longwell who will discuss what it’s like to believe in and promote a conservative agenda in America even when you can’t bring yourself to support Donald Trump as president.




Steve Schmidt is a co-founder of The Lincoln Project, and over the past two decades has played an influential role in American politics and helped navigate some of the most high-stakes corporate crises and business strategy challenges of our time. In the aftermath of the 2016 American presidential election, Steve has emerged as one of the strongest and most incisive voices commenting on U.S. politics and global issues. Well-known for his part in the 2008 U.S. election cycle, Steve was credited for transforming Senator John McCain’s campaign “from corpse to contender.” He previously architected a similar turnaround for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Steve was a top strategist in the 2004 campaign to re-elect President George W. Bush and served in the Bush administration, during which time he led the successful confirmations of two U.S. Supreme Court Justices.


Sarah Longwell is the President and CEO of Longwell Partners, a full-service communications firm in Washington, D.C. Sarah is a Co-Founder of the organization Defending Democracy Together and spokeswoman for its project Republicans for the Rule of Law and strategic director of the recently launched project Republican Voters Against Trump. She is also the Publisher of The Bulwark and Chief Strategist for Republic Affairs, a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening our country’s core values and institutions. A long-time Republican strategist and former national board chair of the Log Cabin Republicans, Sarah launched Longwell Partners to engage in issues beyond partisan politics and focus on solving some of the country’s most intractable problems through cross-partisan coalitions. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her family and is a graduate of Kenyon College.



*The UCLA Luskin Lecture Series enhances public discourse on topics relevant to the betterment of society. The Series features renowned public intellectuals, bringing together scholars as well as national and local leaders to address society’s most pressing problems. The Luskin Lecture series has included speakers such as journalist Jorge Ramos; Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson; Secretaries Leon Panetta, Anthony Foxx, and Madeline Albright; Governor Howard Dean; and Police Chief William J. Bratton.