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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

Michigan and Other Battleground States


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Urgent and Critical Lectures
Michigan is one of a group of swing states that have had close, competitive races in recent presidential campaigns and down ballot contests. Our panel of journalists explores how Michigan and other current battleground states are faring and impacting the 2020 campaigns and election.

Moderated by Stephen Henderson, our panelists Riley Beggin of Bridge Magazine and Tim Alberta of Politico will examine what causes battleground states to swing and what effect they have on political parties or candidates’ choices of issues to emphasize.

Stephen Henderson is host of Detroit Today on WDET, co-host of One Detroit on Detroit Public Television, project executive for BridgeDetroit and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.

A native of Detroit, Henderson is a graduate of University of Detroit High School and the University of Michigan. His resume includes stints at the Detroit Free Press, the Chicago Tribune, the Baltimore Sun, and four years covering the Supreme Court for Knight Ridder’s Washington Bureau.

Riley Beggin is a Capitol reporter covering Michigan politics, including legislative, gubernatorial and other statewide elections. She joined Bridge in January 2018 after working at KPCC, Los Angeles’ NPR member station. Before that, she was a fellow at ABC News’ Washington Bureau and an intern with NPR’s investigative unit.

Beggin majored in history and international relations at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She also holds a Master’s Degree in investigative journalism from the University of Missouri.

Tim Alberta is chief political correspondent for POLITICO, where his longer form work is often published in the publication’s magazine. He covers a range of topics, including: The Trump presidency; Capitol Hill; the ideological warfare between and within the two parties; demographic change in America; and the evolving role of money in elections. He co-moderated the final Democratic presidential primary debate in 2019 hosted by PBS Newshour and POLITICO.

Based in Michigan and tasked with roving widely across battleground states, Alberta writes a regular “Letter to Washington,” a 2020 dispatch highlighting stories, trends, and people from outside the political bubble for the political bubbles.

Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the lecture will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the event.
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Urgent and Critical Lectures


  • $10/day pass, $35 for the series of 6 Urgent and Critical Elections lectures.

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