Virtual Events

With the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival virtual events we want to provide the community a safe way to experience quality programming. We are offering timely conversations and powerful presentations. All are welcome at these events. Please feel free to share these with friends!


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Ambassador John Bolton in Conversation with Douglas Brinkley

July 15, 2020

A very special event with Ambassador John Bolton, an attorney, diplomat, Republican consultant and political commentator who served as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2005 to 2006 and as the United States National Security Advisor from 2018 to 2019. Ambassador Bolton will appear in a virtual conversation with CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley.

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R&D Election Dialogues

In partnership with USC Dornsife Center for thePolitical Future

The mission of USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future is to advance civil dialogue that transcends partisan divisions and explores solutions to our most pressing national and global challenges. The Center is led by two of the nation’s most experienced and respected political experts, Robert Shrum and Michael Murphy.

Robert Shrum is the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics at USC Dornsife and has been director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics. He has a storied career as an author and campaign adviser to Democratic candidates. His numerous clients included Edward Kennedy, Joe Biden, John Glenn and Barbara Mikulski in their Senate campaigns, and John Kerry and Al Gore in their presidential races. Overseas his clients included Ehud Barak in his campaign for Prime Minister of Israel, the British Labour Party and Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister of Ireland and the President of Colombia.

Michael Murphy is one of the Republican Party’s most successful political consultants. Murphy has led more than 20 statewide campaigns to victory, including gubernatorial races for Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christine Todd Whitman, John Engler and Tommy Thompson as well as dozens of Senatorial, United States House and other races. He’s worked on six Republican presidential campaigns and is widely known for his work in the 2000 GOP primaries as a senior strategist for Senator John McCain. He has advised leaders in Canada, Panama, El Salvador, Europe and in the former Soviet Union. He is a widely known political pundit, appearing frequently on NBC, CNN and NPR.

Democratic National Convention 2020 Recap

August 21, 2020 • 12:00 pm PDT

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Republican National Convention 2020 Recap

August 26, 2020 • 12:00 pm PDT

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Eddie S. Glaude Jr. and Jon Meacham

August 25, 2020 • 12:30 pm PDT

Please join two esteemed historians, educators and authors, Eddie S. Glaude Jr. and Jon Meacham, in a conversationabout America’s unique history of race relations and social justice from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matters through the lens of two civil rights icons—James Baldwin and Rep. John Lewis.

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor at Princeton University and author of Democracy in Black and Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Message for Our Own.

Jon Meacham is a renowned presidential historian, contributing writer to The New York Times Book Review, contributing editor at TIME and Pulitzer Prize-winning author. His most recent book is His Truth is Marching On: John Lewis and the Power of Hope.

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