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Brenau plans Beyond Talking Points forum on election
Pundits to discuss role of women, youth in politics

Douglas and Kay Ivester Series

Brenau University

What: Beyond the Talking Points: What Election 2016 REALLY Means to Women

Who: Kristen Solis Anderson and Maria Teresa Kumar

When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25

Where: Pearce Auditorium, Brenau

Registration:, 770-534-6110 or

Two well-known women with experience and knowledge about the impact women, minorities and young people have on American politics will speak at a program at Brenau University Oct. 25.

Republican pollster and strategist Kristen Soltis Anderson and Democratic organizer and commentator Maria Teresa Kumar will participate in the 7:30 p.m. session in Pearce Auditorium.

Titled “Beyond the Talking Points: What Election 2016 REALLY Means to Women,” the program is part of the Douglas and Kay Ivester series at the university. It is free and open to the public, but because of limited seating, reservations are required.

Anderson has been a frequent analyst on ABC News and a variety of other network news and political commentary programs.

She is co-founder and partner at Echelon Insights, an opinion research, data analytics and digital intelligence firm, and the author of “The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up).”

Kumar, founding president and CEO of Voto Latino, an organization that focuses on young voters, was on Fast Company magazine’s “Top 100 Creative Minds” list for her work using technology, celebrity voices, media and youth to engage young voters. Several publications identified her on listings of top Latino leaders in the United States.

Both women are on Elle’s 2016 “Most Compelling Women in Washington” list.

Anderson has a master’s degree in government from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Florida.

In 2014 she served as a resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. Time magazine listed her as one of “30 Under 30 Changing the World.” She made National Journal magazine’s “25 Most Inuential Women in Washington Under 35” and Marie Claire magazine’s “New Guard.”

Kumar, a California native, is an Emmy-nominated MSNBC contributor and Council on Foreign Relations term member.

Voto Latino has registered more than 225,000 new voters. She appears regularly as an analyst on a variety of national broadcast network programs, writes frequent opinion and commentary for national publications, and speaks in a wide variety of forums.

She has a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s in international relations from the University of California, Davis.

Brenau President Ed Schrader, who will moderate the event, said the program focuses on women because of this is the first election in which one of the nominees for president is a woman.

He added that the youth vote could play a major role in shaping the future of the nation as will significant turnouts among Latino and African-American voters.

“If you have watched any network television political analysis programs over the past year, you are probably familiar with one or both of these bright, articulate young women,” Schrader said.

“Each brings unique perspective and expertise on that generation of young Americans between 18 and 33 who defy the traditional political, religious, geographical, cultural and gender identities that have had major impacts on previous elections.

“It is exactly the kind of high-caliber educational experience that Doug and Kay Ivester set out to provide for Brenau students and the community when they created the programming series with their generosity,” Schrader said.

The event will be two weeks before the 2016 election.

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