Talking points


In the Spring of 2017, engaging speakers at the University of Redlands aired a variety of perspectives related to the current political landscape.

Jim Messina

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“Last time there weren’t these things called smartphones… Everything has changed.”

Jim Messina, chief of the 2012 Obama re-election campaign, recounting a conversation with the president, at a lecture hosted by Associated Students of the University of Redlands (ASUR), February 7


Edina Lekovic

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“The system is broken—that’s the fact that we start from.”

Edina LekovicMuslim Public Affairs Council, at the taping of KPCC’s Take Two public radio show on the immigration debate, February 9


Ben Shapiro

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“In the freest country in the history of mankind, you are not a victim. Because the truth is the only person who can victimize you in America is you.”

Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of, at a lecture hosted by ASUR, March 15


Barbara Boxer

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“The only perfect candidate is you!”

Barbara Boxer, retired U.S. Senator representing California, at a lecture hosted by ASUR, April 4


Steven Morics

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“The electoral college, from a mathematical point of view, is one of the worst ways to decide a winner in what has historically been a two-person contest.”

Steven MoricsU of R professor of math and computer science, at “The 2016 election: Where do we go from here?” event hosted by the Students for Environmental Action, April 13


Lt. Colonel Billy Pope 01

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“Cyberpower in its many forms …will be involved in every [political]conflict from here on out.”

Lt. Colonel Billy Pope ’01, chief of the Cyber Strategy Branch at the headquarters of the U.S. Air Force in the Pentagon, at a lecture hosted by ASUR, March 7


Dennis Mclin

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“If we are only having conversations in safe spaces with people of like minds, how are we creating change?”

Dennis Mclin, graduate student in the School of Education. “What Now?: Advocacy and Activism” panel hosted by the University-wide Council on Inclusiveness and Community and the provost’s Great Divide Series, February 15


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