VIDEO: Is There Hope for Democracy?

The video of this great panel discussion is now posted. "Is There Hope for Democracy?" features former Congressman Sam Farr, Santa Cruz County Supervisor and presidential campaign veteran Zach Friend, former Special Assistant to President Obama Adrienne Harris, and Boots Road Group Managing Partner and presidential campaign veteran Spencer Critchley.

The discussion took place at the Irvine Auditorium of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies on May 17 of this year.

We had a long waiting list for the event, so we're especially happy that now anyone who wants to see it will now be able to.

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Below are the poster and details from the original event.

Poster: Is There Hope for Democracy?

Is There Hope for Democracy?

Government institutions, the free press, the judiciary, the integrity of the election itself — all face doubt and even attack, from both foreign and domestic sources.

What’s the way forward?

On May 17 at Middlebury Institute of International Studies, you can hear the unique perspectives of leaders with national and local experience in government, politics, the law, and media — and ask your own questions.

Former Congressman Sam Farr represented the Central Coast in the House of Representatives for 24 years, following service in the California Assembly, on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, and in the Peace Corps. His record of accomplishment includes the creation of CSUMB, Pinnacles National Park, the VA Hospital in Marina, the Central Coast Veterans Cemetery and much more.

Adrienne Harris was a Special Assistant to President Obama for Economic Policy at the White House National Economic Council. Before that she was with the U.S. Treasury Department, New York-based Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, and election campaigns for Barack Obama, Senator Cory Booker, and Manhattan D.A. Cyrus Vance, Jr.

Zach Friend is a policy, public affairs, and communications expert who has worked for Barack Obama and John Kerry’s presidential campaigns, the White House Council of Economic Advisers, U.S. Senate, Congressman Sam Farr, and the Democratic National Committee. He is the 2nd District Supervisor for Santa Cruz County.

Spencer Critchley is a communications consultant whose experience includes both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, stories for the CBC, NPR, the AP and others, and audio production for the Emmy-winning PBS documentary “Blink.” He is the Managing Partner of Boots Road Group, a communications firm for governments, nonprofits, and socially responsible corporations.


Date: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Time: 7 - 9 p.m., doors open at 6:30

Location: Irvine Auditorium, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Address: 499 Pierce St., Monterey 93940

Presented by Boot Road Institute, a nonprofit educational project supported by Boots Road Group LLC.