Help Boost Student Attendance at ‘Beyond the Talking Points’ Oct. 25

Note to faculty: Please encourage your students to register for the “Beyond the Talking Points: What Election 2016 REALLY Means to Women” special Oct. 25 program in Pearce Auditorium. The program features two of the nation’s most visible experts on presidential politics and voter behavior. The event is free and open to the public, so it is important to get your students signed up now for the limited seating. There will also be a Student Government Association-sponsored reception following the event to give students a chance to meet the speakers in person.

If you’re following the campaign coverage and commentary on national television networks, you probably already know the speakers. Kristen Soltis Anderson, a republican pollster and strategist is the author of the book “The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up).” Anderson is also a regular contributor of political commentary in national and international print and electronic media and a frequent analyst on a variety of network news and political commentary programs. She is one-half of the bipartisan political podcast “The Pollsters.” In 2013 Anderson was named one of Time magazine’s 30 Under 30 who are changing the world.

Anderson will join Maria Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino, a leading national civic engagement organization targeting American Latino youth. Kumar also is an Emmy-nominated commentator and analyst on MSNBC and other networks, including Telemundo and NPR. In 2013 she was named one of ELLE Magazine’s ten most influential women in Washington D.C.

Both Anderson and Kumar bring unique perspective and expertise on the generation of Americans between 18 and 33 who defy the traditional political, religious, geographical, cultural and gender identities that have had major impacts on previous elections. We are able to bring to campus these outstanding young women thanks to the Kay and Doug Ivester Endowed Program Series.

The program will start promptly at 7:30 p.m. in Pearce Auditorium. Students will need to reserve seating by registering online at They may also call 770-534-6160 to reserve a spot for themselves and any additional guests. If they’re required to attend for a class assignment or encouraged to attend for “extra credit” or some other incentive you provide, the sign-up form enables us to capture and provide information they include about the class or faculty member they’re attending for.

For those who cannot make it to Pearce in person, including students at other campuses and in online classes, there will be a live video stream of the program that we will provide closer to the time of the event.

This is a great opportunity for ALL Brenau students, and we want as many as possible to take advantage of it.