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The Edmund Fusco Contemporary Issues Forum brings outstanding scholars, leaders, and policy-makers to the UConn campus to share their knowledge and perspectives with the community.

The program is sponsored by the Fusco family of New Haven, who created the contemporary issues forum at UConn through a philanthropic gift to celebrate their family’s 90th year in business, as well as the 90th birthday of Edmund Fusco. Through these forums, members of the UConn community are given the opportunity to challenge and expand their views on topics of profound and lasting influence. Community involvement is also integral; businesses and individuals are able to financially support this endeavor through multi-level sponsorship.

Event Information

“Overcoming Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America”

Wednesday, October 4
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. | Event starts at 7:30 p.m.
Student Union Theatre
This event is free and open to the community.

2017 Speakers

Senator Tom Daschle (D)

Former senator and architect of President Obama’s healthcare plan, he is an outspoken advocate for reform, and a well-connected voice between the healthcare industry and Washington policy-makers. His book, Critical: What We Can Do About the Healthcare Crisis, offered exciting new solutions to changing America’s healthcare system, and provided a detailed explanation of the framework for Obama’s plan. In his book, Getting It Done: How Obama and Congress Finally Broke the Stalemate to Make Way for Health Care Reform, released in October 2010, he reveals how Obama and Congress broke their stalemate to create a new healthcare system, and how this plan will be implemented in the coming years. Most recently, Daschle co-wrote the book Crisis Point with Senator Lott.

Senator Trent Lott (R)

Senator Lott represented the people of Mississippi in Congress for 35 years and is one of a handful of officials to have held elected leadership positions in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. During his 16 years in the House and 19 years in the Senate, he worked closely with seven presidential administrations and was regarded as a savvy coalition builder and dealmaker. He is the author of two books, including 2016’s Crisis Point: Why We Must – and How We Can – Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America, which draws on his political experience to suggest a solution to Washington’s increasing partisanship.

Past Forum Speakers

Michael Beschloss
Presidential historian and best-selling author

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Former Secretary of State

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer, historian, and political commentator