Friday, October 28, 2022

4:00 p.m.
Individual arrivals and check-ins
6:00 p.m.
Reception
East Dining Room
6:30 p.m.
Dinner
East Dining Room
7:30–8:00 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions

Saturday, October 29, 2022

9:00 a.m.
Speaker: Alexandra Cirone
"Polls and Predictions"
Election polling is a key source of information for parties and voters, but polling has been under fire in recent U.S. elections (both for overstating or understating sources of support, and generally failing to forecast). Is polling broken? This session will cover how to interpret election and opinion polling and discuss what to watch out for during the election cycle.
10:30 a.m.
Speaker: Steve Israel
"The Fundamentals of Midterm Elections"
Midterm elections are historically unfavorable for the party of an incumbent president. However, recent polarization, technology, social media, and other influences have changed the dynamics. This session will address many of the key components of the 2022 midterm elections, how each party develops its strategies, tactics, and messages, and how they attempt to motivate voters to go to the polls.
12:30–1:30 p.m.
Lunch
East Dining Room
1:30–4:30 p.m.
Free time
Enjoy Mohonk's amenities and activities
4:30 p.m.
Speaker: Alexandra Cirone
"Identity Politics and Party Polarization"
A house divided cannot stand, but it seems as if political parties and voters are increasingly polarized. Identity politics are also dominating American elections. This session will discuss some myths surrounding polarization and identity in the United States, and how we can better foster dialogue and debate.
5:30 p.m.
Speaker: Steve Israel
"The State of Play in the Nation"
In one of the most consequential elections in recent history, voters go to the polls this November to determine the fate of 35 seats in the U.S. Senate, all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and 36 governorships. This session will address factors in play for Republicans to take back the Senate, how redistricting will affect the House of Representatives, and the impact recent special elections will have on the 2022 midterms.
7:00–8:30 p.m.
Dinner
East Dining Room

Sunday, October 30, 2022

9:00 a.m.
Speaker: Alexandra Cirone
"The Truth About Fake News"
Misinformation is now a feature of modern social media, but to what extent does fake news interfere with our ability to separate fact from fiction? This session will provide a crash course in fake news, conspiracy theories, and the state of social media platforms.
10:15 a.m.
Speakers: Alexandra Cirone and Sarah Kreps
"Political Disinformation"
Disinformation has dominated politics and the pandemic, but what can we do to stem the tide? This session will discuss ways to protect yourself from manipulation, and how Cornell research is at the forefront of the fight against disinformation in politics.
11:00 a.m.
Speakers: Alexandra Cirone and Sarah Kreps
"Closing Comments and Conversations"
A wrap-up of the weekend's events.
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Lunch
East Dining Room
1:00–1:30 p.m.
Departure