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February 16, 2009

Wayne Morse Center Welcomes Top Strategists from Obama Campaign Team February 19

The Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics will welcome two top strategists from President Barack Obama’s campaign team as part of its “Mobilizing New Constituencies” program, which will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, February 19, at the Gerlinger Lounge and Knight Law Center.

Deputy National Campaign Manager Steve Hildebrand, and Content and Issues Director Dan Carol will hold a special keynote presentation analyzing the sophisticated organizing strategy of the Obama campaign titled, “Yes We Did! Organizing Lessons from the Obama Campaign” from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. in Knight Law Center 175.

Hildebrand joined the Obama campaign in 2006 and was involved in its central strategy. He has extensive background working with national candidates and labor unions. Carol is a strategist working on energy issues, and was a cofounder of The Apollo Alliance for energy independence.

The day’s discussion panels will examine how the recent presidential election campaigns and organizations mobilized new groups of voters, particularly youth and people of color. Speakers will examine the strategies and tactics that worked to enhance new voter participation and resolve any tensions among constituent groups. Discussion will also focus on how this new voter engagement can be sustained.

A schedule of the day’s panels and speakers follows:

10:00 a.m.
“Race and Voting Patterns”
Matthew Barreto, University of Washington

10:45 a.m.
“Community Based Organizations”
Daniel HoSang, University of Oregon
Francisco Lopez, CAUSA
David Rodgers, Partnership for Safety and Justice
Sarah Howell, Western States Center
Rebecca Flynn, Basic Rights Oregon
“New Voters in Oregon”
Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy
Rep. Jefferson Smith, Oregon Bus Project
Rick Dancer, candidate for Oregon Secretary of State
1:45 to 3:15 p.m.
“Local Campaigns and New Voters”
Jason Mason-Gere, Forward Oregon
Andrea Ortiz, Eugene City Council
Sarah Bean Duncan, College Democrats
Jory Card, Associated Students of the University of Oregon (“ASUO”)
Ashley Miller, Oregon Bus Project
For the complete agenda and information on the speakers, visit http://www.waynemorsecenter.uoregon.edu/events.html#mobilizing 

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