ACYPL Virtual Town Hall Series


Thursday, May 20, 2021: The COVID-19 Pandemic: Perspectives from Northern Ireland

A conversation with four members from the Northern Ireland Assembly serving on the Ad Hoc Committee on the COVID-19 Response about the most recent developments in the country’s pandemic response, vaccine rollout, and what’s next for Northern Ireland.

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Friday, April 23, 2021: The Digital Divide in the COVID Era

In this #acyplTownHall sponsored by Caplin & Drysdale, ACYPL alum Erik Jones (Russia 2014) and industry experts Joni Hart, Larry Irving (USSR 1985), and Bret Perkins (Egypt 2009, New Zealand 2013) discuss the challenges of internet connectivity, how the pandemic has amplified the digital divide, and what role affordability, digital literacy, and location play in this issue.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021: Transportation – Moving Forward

A conversation about how the transportation sector has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of transportation innovation with the Director of the City of Charleston’s Department of Traffic & Transportation, Keith Benjamin (Kenya & Ethiopia 2019), Vice-Chair of the California State Assembly Transportation Committee, The Honorable Vince Fong, and the Director for Infrastructure Advisory at KPMG, David Spector (Vietnam & Malaysia 2017).

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Thursday, March 4, 2021: Tourism and Travel in a Post-COVID World

A discussion exploring the future of the tourism and travel industries and how Americans should prepare to re-engage in tourism in the United States and internationally as the vaccine becomes more widely available – featuring alumni experts Tori Barnes (Mexico Virtual 2020), Michael Jacobson (Australia 2017), and Steve Neuman (Japan 2014).

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Friday, February 12, 2021: The Future of American Diplomacy

A conversation with former Ambassador to Nepal, The Honorable Julia Chang Bloch (China 40th Anniversary 2019), and former Ambassador to Morocco, The Honorable Dwight L. Bush Sr. (China 40th Anniversary 2019) as they reflect on their tenures and on the future tone and efforts of American diplomacy.

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Thursday, December 10, 2020: Good Neighbors Series – The Future of US-Canada Relations: Looking Ahead

As part of ACYPL’s Good Neighbors week, The Honorable Bruce Heyman, Former US Ambassador to Canada, and Ms. Anna Gainey, former President of the Liberal Party of Canada discuss on how a new Biden administration may affect US-Canada relations, including trade, tourism, and reopening the border in a conversation moderated by alum Herb Tyson (Egypt, Palestinian Territories, and Israel 2018).


Tuesday, December 8, 2020: Good Neighbors Series – The Future of US-Mexico Relations: Looking Ahead

In part one of ACYPL’s Good Neighbors week, The Honorable Gerónimo Gutiérrez, Former Mexican Ambassador to the United States, and Raul Alvillar (Mexico 2019), the New Mexico State Director for the Biden for President Campaign, discuss the future of US-Mexico relations in 2021 and beyond during this conversation moderated by alum Amy Dacey (Mexico 2019).


Thursday, November 19, 2020: The Food System in the Era of COVID-19

ACYPL alumni Robert E. Jones, Chef & Food System Reform Consultant, and The Honorable Britt Raybould, Member of the Idaho House of Representatives, discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the interconnected food supply chain in the United States and how lessons learned could inform future policy decisions.

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Friday, September 25, 2020: Voting in the 2020 Election 

Curious about how states are preparing for the upcoming election? Watch our Voting in the 2020 Election Town Hall featuring ACYPL alumni and election experts Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate (Chile and Brazil 1994) and New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver (Cuba 2015).

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September 10, 2020: The Rundown Down Under: Perspectives from Australia and New Zealand 

A conversation about the pandemic response in Australia and New Zealand with Senator Andrew Bragg (Australia to US 2018), Tamati Coffey MP (New Zealand to US 2018), and Anika Wells MP (Australia to US 2018), moderated by ProFellows Program Manager Pete DeAnna.

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August 28, 2020: The Modernization of the Legislature

This panel examined how COVID-19 has modernized legislatures across the country and impacted policy with alumni, The Honorable Anitere Flores (New Zealand 2009), The Honorable Ana Hernandez (Turkey 2006), The Honorable Derek Kitchen (Japan 2018), and The Honorable Ryan Mackenzie (Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Jordan 2014), moderated by ACYPL Trustee Maggie Mick.

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August 6, 2020: The COVID-19 Outbreak: Perspectives from Malaysia

A conversation with ACYPL alumni Dr. Afif Bahardin (ProFellows 2019), Boo Su-Lyn (ProFellows 2018), Rajiv Rishyakaran (Legislative Fellows Program 2010), and Dr. Kelvin Yii MP (ProFellows 2017) on the outcomes of the Malaysian government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic – moderated by Norman Goh (ProFellows 2018) and ACYPL Professional Fellows Program Manager, Pete DeAnna.

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July 23, 2020: The Economic Impact of COVID-19

A conversation with Kentucky State Treasurer Allison Ball (Croatia and Hungary 2017) and Illinois State Treasurer Micheal Frerichs (Austrialia 2017) on the state response to COVID-19 and economic challenges of the pandemic in their communities.

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July 16, 2020: The Federal Response to COVID-19

ACYPL alums and policy experts Amol Naik (Timor Leste 2019), Jessica Woolley (India 2018), and Jeff Shapiro (Mexico 2020) discuss the CARES Act and the political impacts of the economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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July 2, 2020: The Future of K-12 Education

In our final Spotlight on Education session, ACYPL alumni experts Colby Coash (Brazil 2017), Chelsea King (Brazil 2017), and Quentin Phipps (Russia 2016) discussed how their school districts are enacting policy to ensure K-12 education can resume amid concerns about health and safety in schools for students, administrators, and teachers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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June 25, 2020: Distance Learning

In the second session of our Spotlight on Education series, ACYPL alumni and education policy experts Chelsea King (Brazil 2017), Miguel Solis (Croatia & Hungary 2019), and Stephanie Summers (China 2019) discussed how schools have managed the transition to distance learning in the era of COVID-19.

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June 18, 2020: Educating in the Era of COVID-19

In the first of our 3-part Spotlight on Education series, ACYPL alumni and education policy experts The Honorable Miguel Solis (Hungary and Croatia 2019), The Honorable Quentin Phipps (Russia 2016), and The Honorable Stephanie Summers (China 2019) discussed the effects of COVID-19 on the American Education System and how the global pandemic uncovered and exacerbated existing inequities in the system. 

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May 28, 2020: Alcohol Regulation

Ever wondered how beer can be turned into hand sanitizer? Are to-go cocktails here to stay? Watch ACYPL’s first Virtual Town Hall with ACYPL alumni and industry experts Dave Christman (Mexico 2019) and Dawson Hobbs (Croatia and Hungary 2015) to learn about how COVID-19 has affected the alcohol industry and regulation.

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