The Great Debate: The Future of the Republican Party


As midterms approach and the 2016 presidential elections moves closer, everyone wants to know: will the factions within the Republican Party split completely, reunify, or will one dominate over the others? What will this mean for the Democrats, and for conservative America?

Join the PSU as Reihan Salam and Conor Friedersdorf tackle these questions and more, addressing the past, present, and future–grim or hopeful–of the Republican Party.

Reihan Salam is the co-author of Grand New Party: How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream. He is a lead blogger for National Review’s The Agenda, a columnist for Slate, and the host of a weekly podcast for Vice.

Conor Friedersdorf is a Pomona alum from class of 2002 and a staff writer for The Atlantic. He is the founder of the “Best of Journalism,” a biweekly newsletter that highlights fantastic nonfiction. Friedersdorf has previously written for the Huffington Post and served as a senior editor to Andrew Sullivan.

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The Pomona Student Union is looking for new board members, and we’re looking at you!

Interested in shaping dialogue on campus? Like challenging assumptions? Want to talk about issues from a multiplicity of perspectives? Have a great idea for an event? We want you!

The Pomona Student Union is working on better reflecting the range of voices on campus and the perspectives missing from campus dialogue. We want to engage students on campus, to challenge members of the campus community to relate to topics in new ways, and create productive, novel dialogue within the Claremont Colleges. If you believe that particular voices and perspectives are missing from the PSU or its events, we encourage you to apply.

Info sessions will be held on Monday March 3 at Wig Lounge and Thursday March 6 at Mudd Lounge.

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The Great Debate: The Drug War


America jails more of its citizens than any other country, but we still have the highest rate of recidivism; addiction has remained constant after trillions of dollars spent and the outbreak of horrific violence in Latin America.

Where do we go from here? Should we spend more money on education and treatment, or more money on prevention? Harsher laws, or legalization?

Regardless of you politics, it’s time to re-examine the Drug War. Join us for this year’s Great Debate, in Edmunds Ballroom on April 11th at 8pm!

EUGENE JARECKI directed “The House I Live In,” which won Best Documentary at Sundance FIlm Festival 2012. Featured in the film are interviews with drug users, prisoners, police, judges, professors, the creator of “The Wire,” and more.

KEVIT SABET is director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and founder of Spart Approaches to Marijuana. He formerly served as a senior advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Election Coverage 2012

Along with debate and election results watching parties, the Pomona Student Union hosted several student discussions on topics surrounding the 2012 election. While these events were not filmed, descriptions are provided below.

Race and the US Election, October 9th
Pomona politics Professor Lorn Foster led a student discussion on how race has factored into this election and previous ones. Cosponsored by BLOC, students talked about the role of race in campaigning and election results.

Partisan Politics, October 15th
Led by Pomona Professor and US politics scholar David Menefee Libey, students discussed the two-party system in the 2012 election. What does it mean to vote independent, and why do we seem to be stuck in a two-party system? And what does that mean for America?

The Silent Majority, October 16th
Cosponsored by the International Student Mentoring Program, students gathered for a round table discussion. What are international perspectives on the American political system in general, and of the Republican and Democrat candidates specifically? What are the international stakes in this election?

Obamacare, November 5th
Pomona professor and economist Eleanor Brown spoke on the history and current state of the American health care system. Students discussed the differences between “Obamacare” and “Vouchercare” and what these different policies mean for the future of American health care.

Screens of War: Remote Killings by Predator Drones

There have been five times more drone attacks under the Obama Administration than the Bush Administration. Since 2004, US drone attacks in Pakistan have resulted in between 1,902 and 3,220 deaths. Yet the word “drone” appears only once in both the Republican and Democratic Party platforms. And the mainstream media, has devoted relatively little airtime and column space to discussing the possible implications of drone use for both US foreign policy and the expansion of executive power. Come discuss the pol
itical, ethical, and legal implications of our current drone policies and how they might change depending on the outcome of the presidential election on Thursday, November 1st at 7pm in Edmunds Ballroom. Our experts are:

Ken Anderson, a law professor at American University whose work currently focuses on targeted killing, robotics and the law, and the laws of war generally. He is an editor for, a top legal foreign policy blog.

David Glazier, a law professor at Loyola Law School who focuses on the law related to the “War on Terror.” He served as a pro bono consultant to Human Rights First, and prior to law school, served as a US Navy Officer for 21 years.

Shane Harris, a journalist for The Washingtonian magazine who won the 2010 Gerald Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. His book The Watchers was named on The Economist’s best books of 2010.