The US Election: the good, the bad and the ugly – a panel presentation: With just two days before the inauguration of the new US President, the world has been watching with fascination from the time that campaigning began, through to watching the election results, and most recently as the transition from the last president to the next has been taking place. Panelists will discuss, debrief and debate some of the idiosyncrasies of the recent political landscape.
Mr. Paul Black (’00) will be joined by other panelists from the political and academic worlds. As an immigrant from “the troubles” of Northern Ireland, he lived a life of great good fortune in Canada. Black did his BA(H) at Acadia in Political Science, and his Masters in Political Science at Dalhousie – and Executive Education in Canada, the US, UK, India and South Africa. He was in government, business and with NGOs, and provides counsel to a variety of private and public entities – building bridges, negotiating solutions and “getting proximate” to both opportunities and problems; and have worked as a senior staff person to the Premiers of Manitoba, and Nova Scotia. He lived in Northern Ireland, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. He currently resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
Panelist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs is a lecturer in the Department of Politics, where he specializes in judicial politics, international law, and the Middle East. He has also written widely on the subject of campus free speech, and has published in the Washington Post, the Niskanen Center, Heterodox Academy, and elsewhere.
Panelist Meg Cuming is currently the Director of Regional Services with the Department of Communities, Culture, and Heritage for the Province of Nova Scotia. In this role, she and her team have a mandate to strengthen partnerships and identify resources to help build diverse, vibrant, and active communities across Nova Scotia. Previously, she held a variety of roles within municipal government and practiced law for a number of years. Meg has a law degree from Dalhousie and an Honours in Recreation Management from Acadia. A devoted alumnus, Cuming has served on the Board of the Associated Alumni of Acadia University and teaches courses part time for the Departments of Community Development and Kinesiology. She was a member of the L’Arche Homefires board for over 10 years and is a former president of Recreation Nova Scotia. She has a passion for health promotion, community development, and social justice as well as a keen interest in politics and the workings of our democratic institutions. She lives in Greenwich, Nova Scotia with her husband Jon, her son Holden and their dog Rosebud.
Moderated by: Oonagh Proudfoot ’93, ’06, Executive Director Alumni Affairs
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