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Emerson, Blanquerna Bring Global Summit to Washington

The Emerson-Blanquerna Global Summit will be held October 5 at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

The 4th Annual Emerson-Blanquerna Global Summit will explore topics in Politics, Propaganda and Strategic Diplomacy with governmental, industry, and foundation leaders, academics, and students from six continents in the nation’s capital Friday, October 5.

The summit is sponsored by the Center for Global Communication, an academic partnership between Emerson College and Blanquerna University – Ramon Llull University in Barcelona. In previous years, the summit alternated between Barcelona and Boston, but this year will be held at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.

Assistant Professor Spencer Kimball, advisor of Emerson Polling, will release two new polls at the conference: a statewide poll on the Texas U.S. Senate race between incumbent Ted Cruz and  Democrat Beto O’Rourke, and a national poll on voters’ attitudes about various issues being raised in midterm election campaigns.

Panelists also will speak about two topics that the Center for Global Communication will focus on this year: the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia on society.

“As the [aging] population grows, we think this is an issue [for which] awareness needs to be improved upon,” Kimball said.

In addition, the summit will delve into the concept of sports as a human right and a vehicle for diplomacy.

Alyse Nelson ‘96, president and CEO of Vital Voices, will be the speaker at a gala dinner at the National Press Club to follow the Summit.

Other Summit speakers include Zach Leonsis, senior vice president of strategic initiatives for Monumental Sports; Dr. Scott C. Ratzan, MA ’86, president of the AB InBev Foundation; Linda Peek Schacht, founding director of the Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership; Bill Novelli, founder of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University; Tristram Perry, public affairs officer for the U.S. State Department; Carole Simpson, former ABC News anchor and distinguished journalist-in residence at Emerson; and Kimball and Emerson Polling students.

This week, Tayon Kulos ‘22 will head down to Washington for the Global Summit, where he’s looking forward to hearing and learning from people on all sides of an issues.

“We have our political theories – for example, I’m a Democrat.” Kulos said. “By talking [to people with different viewpoints], I want to get some solid foundations on why I believe this.”

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