Presented by Slate

Council Chambers: 4:45—6:00pm

With President Obama's term near its conclusion, these panelists will look back on the ways in which the election of our first black president changed the two major political parties and shaped the 2016 race for his successor. 

JAMELLE BOUIE is Chief Political Correspondent for Slate and a political analyst for CBS News. He is based in Washington DC. His work has appeared in The American Prospect, The Washington Post, The New Yorker Online, and elsewhere. Jamelle is a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and attended the University of Virginia, where he graduated with degrees in political and social thought, and government. 

JELANI COBB is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He writes frequently about race, politics, history, and culture. His most recent book is The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress. He’s an associate professor of history and the director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. He won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism for his columns on race, the police, and injustice.

ISAAC CHOTINER (moderator) is a contributing writer for Slate. Formerly a senior editor at The New Republic, his work has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.