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Post-election discussion to be held

Following the 2012 U.S. presidential election, Emerson College will present, in partnership with MassINC, CommonWealth magazine, and WBUR, a 90-minute discussion titled “Behind the Curtain: What Just Happened? What's Next?” on Thursday, November 8, at 7:00 pm in the Cutler Majestic Theatre. Host of WBUR's On Point Tom Ashbrook and former ABC News anchor and Emerson Journalism faculty member Carole Simpson will moderate the conversations.

Behind the Curtain: What Just Happened? What's Next?

Tom Ashbrook and Carole Simpson will moderate the “Behind the Curtain: What Just Happened? What's Next?” discussion on November 8 at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. 

The event will consist of two panels: Simpson will moderate “What Just Happened?”: a look at the outcomes and influencers in the big races two days after the wins and losses as well as a look ahead at what might happen politically as a result. Joining Simpson will be Boston Globe columnist Brian McGory, MassINC pollster Steve Koczela, Former Governor of Massachusetts, Member at Mintz Levin and Principal at ML Strategies William F. Weld, and Jim Braude of NECN and NewsTalk 96.9FM.  

Ashbrook will moderate “What's Next?”: an examination of the policy implications of both the state and national elections, from the fiscal cliff and Obamacare to the Supreme Court. Panelists for this discussion will be Elaine Kamarck, visiting lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School and former policy director for Bill Clinton, Nina Easton, Washington correspondent for Fortune Magazine and regular Fox News Sunday panelist and Nicholas Burns, retired American diplomat and current Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. 

The program is free, but general admission seating tickets are required. For free ticket information, visit or call 617-824-8000.

Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Seniorlink, and The Boston Foundation are sponsors of the event. 

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