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Speakers at NCSL Base Camp 2021 include, clockwise from top left, Admiral William H. McRaven, civility expert Teresa M. Bejan, election forecaster David Wasserman, policing scholar Rachel Harmon, Census Bureau communications specialist Kathleen Styles, and public policy expert David A. Williams.

High-Profile Speakers Highlight NCSL Base Camp 2021

By Gene Rose | July 26, 2021 | State Legislatures News | Print

NCSL Base Camp 2021 once again will let attendees hear the insights of some of the nation’s foremost experts, including a four-star admiral, an Oxford professor, an elections expert often seen on television, a key U.S. Census Bureau official, an expert who uses data to aid in economic mobility, and a University of Virginia professor who wrote the definitive casebook on qualified immunity laws for police.

Four-star Admiral William H. McRaven commanded special operations forces at every level and served as the ninth leader of the U.S. Special Operations Command. His 37-year career included combat during Desert Storm and both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. He will be the featured speaker at “A Salute to Legislative Staff” on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 3:45 p.m. ET.

Teresa M. Bejan is an associate professor of political theory and a fellow of Oriel College at the University of Oxford and is the author of “Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration.” Bejan, a featured TED Talk speaker, will be online Wednesday, Aug. 4, at 11 a.m. ET.

David Wasserman, recognized as one of the nation’s top election forecasters, is house editor for The Cook Political Report, where he analyzes U.S. House races. Wasserman served for three years as house editor of the political analysis newsletter “Sabato’s Crystal Ball.” He’ll talk about redistricting on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at 12:15 p.m. ET.

David A. Williams serves as the director of policy outreach at Opportunity Insights, a Harvard University-based research and public policy lab dedicated to using big data to improve upward mobility in America. He’ll be interviewed on economic mobility on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at 4 p.m. ET.

As the U.S. Census Bureau’s chief of decennial communications and stakeholder relations, Kathleen Styles oversees communications related to the 2020 census, as well as oversight, redistricting and the decennial budget. She’ll speak during the session “What’s Up With the Census?” on Thursday, Aug. 4, at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Rachel Harmon is a leading scholar on policing and the laws that regulate police behavior. Author of the 2021 casebook “The Law of the Police,” Harmon directs the University of Virginia Center for Criminal Justice and teaches criminal law and procedure, policing and civil rights. She’ll share insights on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at 1:30 p.m. ET.

This is just a sampling of the speakers participating in this three-day, online NCSL event, which state legislators and staff can attend for only $59. Other key speakers from the 30 available sessions include:

  • Amber Clayton, who oversees the Society for Human Resource Management’s Knowledge Center.
  • Adam Kincaid, the president and executive director of the National Republican Redistricting Trust. 
  • Lisa Soronen, executive director of State and Local Legal Center, who monitors the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Linda Darling-Hammond , who founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education.
  • Christina Miracle Finch, who is the senior research librarian for the Congressional Research Service.
  • Adam Benshoff, the vice president of regulatory affairs for the Edison Electric Institute.
  • Elizabeth Salerno, a technical advisor to the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

In addition, several state legislators and legislative staff from around the country will participate in NCSL Base Camp 2021 sessions, and NCSL staff experts will share their expertise on infrastructure, emotional intelligence and productivity.

Seats are still available for this event. Look over our online agenda and register today!

Gene Rose is NCSL’s communications director.

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