Nomination Conventions Panel Discussion March 28

A photo of Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan

Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan

USF St. Petersburg will host “Road to the White House: Understanding National Nominating Conventions” on Monday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m.

The lunchtime event will feature a distinguished panel of experts who will discuss the national nominating conventions. The panelists have several decades of experience working on presidential campaigns and national nominating conventions, working on all aspects of the convention—everything from legal counsel, speech writing, service on the rules and platform committees, or serving in leadership roles as floor manager and convention manager.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan, associate professor of Political Science at USFSP.  The panelists will include:

  • Jack Corrigan
  • Rick Boylan
  • Renee Dabbs
  • Heather Sidwell Morris

Guests will be seated at tables with students who are enrolled in the fourth quadrennial Road to the White House class, who recently interned for the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates’ campaigns in New Hampshire.

“As it looks more likely that there may be contested or disorderly national nominating conventions, voters are becoming more interested in learning about the rules that govern delegate selection—and about the process that ultimately decides the national party nominees,” said McLauchlan, who has extensive experience in American politics and government. In addition to being a veteran of several presidential campaigns and five national nominating conventions, she also worked at the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, the U.S Department of Justice, and the White House. “This panel discussion will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about the history of national nominating conventions—and about what to expect in 2016—from Republican and Democratic experts.”

A light lunch will be provided and online registration is required. This event is part of USF St. Petersburg’s 50th Anniversary celebration and is sponsored by Wells Fargo.