North, Central, and South America - 2020 U.S. Presidential Election: A Global Conversation

Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Be part of the conversation.

Dartmouth and regional experts will explore the global impact of the upcoming U.S. presidential election. How will the outcome influence international relations, global security, and foreign policy? Learn the ways the pandemic and civil unrest are impacting campaigning and voting.

The evening begins with a discussion on the global impact of the election with Dean Lacy, professor of government at Dartmouth; Lisa Baldez, Professor of Government and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies; and Elizabeth Cascio, Associate Professor of Economics specializing in education, public economics, and labor economics. This will be followed by a live panel discussion with regional experts discussing how the U.S. presidential election might affect trade for North and Latin America.

Speakers at each regional event will be available to answer any of your questions live after the program followed by a reception.  


  • 7:00-7:02 pm: Welcome by Provost Joseph Helble
  • 7:02-7:32: Conversation with Professors Dean Lacy, Elizabeth Cascio, and Liza Baldez
  • 7:32-8:15 pm: Conversation with regional experts
  • 8:15-8:30 pm: Virtual Reception

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Expert Speakers

Emily Blanchard 

Emily Blanchard is an Associate Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a Research Fellow with the Center for Economic Policy Research.  Her research explores the causes consequences of international trade and investment, with particular focus on the role of global value chains, human capital, and economic inequality.   Her research is published in leading economics journals and has been covered by major publications including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and the New York Times. She frequently engages with the policy community and has been called on to provide research and analysis for the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, UNCTAD, and others.  She currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Economics, World Trade Review, Review of World Economics, and Economics and Politics.

Cristina Bitar '92 

Christina Bitar is a partner of Azerta, one of the most important strategic communication and public affairs agencies in Chile and Peru. She leads the execution of plans to solve complex business crises, as well as regulatory issues and highly visible media issues for large corporate clients in all economic sectors. She is also the director of the AFP Provida, a Metlife company. She was also a Member of the Board of Newmont, the largest gold mining company in the world, until April 2020. She is a public policy advisor at Instituto Libertad y Desarrollo, Council Member of Comunidad Mujer, and has been part of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders since 2008.

Gordon Campbell '70

Gordon Campbell is a retired Canadian diplomat and politician who was the 35th Mayor of Vancouver from 1986 to 1993 and the 34th Premier of British Columbia from 2001 to 2011. He was the leader of the British Columbia Liberal Party from 1993 to 2011. And from 2011 to 2016, he served as Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. 

Jose W. Fernandez '77 

Jose W. Fernandez was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate, as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs on December 1, 2009. During his nearly four-year tenure, he led the Bureau that is responsible for overseeing work on international trade and investment policy; international finance, development, and debt policy; economic sanctions and combating terrorist financing; international energy security policy; international telecommunications and transportation policies; and support for U.S. businesses and the private sector overseas. His work focused on development as a business opportunity for U.S. companies and a strategic imperative for the United States, mostly in the areas of infrastructure, trade and investment, entrepreneurship, and agriculture. He was the State Department’s principal representative in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and was also a key figure in devising and implementing U.S. sanctions policy around the world. A lifelong supporter of education, the arts, and commercial engagement, prior to his appointment at the State Department Mr. Fernandez served on the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College and on the Board of Directors of Accion International and the Council of the Americas. (

David M. Shribman '76

A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, he graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College with a degree in history and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Mr. Shribman is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College and of the Board of Visitors of Dartmouth’s Rockefeller Center for the Social Sciences.  David Shribman is a contributing writer for The Globe and Mail and Executive Editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In 1995, he won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of U.S. politics. He writes a weekly column, "My Point," syndicated throughout the United States, and a biweekly column for the Globe and Mail in Toronto. He served as the national political correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, covered Congress and national politics for The New York Times, and was a member of the national staff of The Washington Star. He is now the J.W. McConnell Professor of Practice at the Max Bell School of Public Policy.