2020: Battle for the Soul of America

Regardless of your political persuasion, Donald Trump has been a president like none other in American history. The 2020 presidential campaign and election promises to be full of intense drama, precedent-shattering surprises, and vicious partisanship.

What Democrat will win the chance to take on President Trump? Will Trump’s base hold? What is the mood of the independent-minded voters who will ultimately decide who is inaugurated on January 20, 2021?

Join presidential historian Mike Purdy ’76, M.B.A.'79, and political scientist Michael Artime, assistant professor of political science at Pacific Lutheran University, for a series of free lectures as they unpack details of presidential politics, campaigns, and one of the most consequential elections in our nation’s history.

Each lecture will be on a Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and will include sufficient time for questions, comments, and conversation.

Oct. 24, 2019
Feb. 6, 2020
March 19, 2020—VIRTUAL LECTURE (see below)
June 18, 2020
Sept. 17, 2020
Oct. 22, 2020
Nov. 5, 2020

Free and open to the public. Location: McIntyre Hall, Room 103.

To participate in the March 19 virtual lecture, follow the instructions below:


Follow the link below to join the lecture video stream via Puget Sound’s Zoom account. The virtual “doors” will open Thursday, March 19, at 6:30 p.m.—30 minutes prior to the beginning of the lecture—so participants who are new to livestreams or Zoom have time to become familiar with the platform.

2020: Battle for the Soul of America

You may be prompted to “download” Zoom before joining the lecture video stream. This will not affect your computer or connection, but is essential to participate in the lecture. Zoom will classify the lecture session as a “meeting.”

Please note the following:

  • You may be prompted to enter the Meeting ID (760992996) and/or the Meeting Password (915983).
  • When you join the lecture video stream, your audio will be muted to ensure that only our speakers are heard by all guests.
  • If you would like to ask a question during the Q&A portion of the video stream, select the Participant tab and click the Raise your hand button to notify the lecture moderator. Questions will be answered on a first-come, first-served basis.


Call In

For those who would like to listen to the lecture but do not want to stream the video, a call-in option is available.

Call 408.638.0968

Please note the following:

  • You may be prompted to enter the Meeting ID (760992996) and/or the Meeting Password (915983).
  • Call-in participants will not be able to ask questions during the Q&A session. To submit a question, email studentalumni@pugetsound.edu, and the speakers will respond following the lecture.

Questions? Contact Gracie Sherman or Samuel Egan ’14 in the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. If you have concerns about or issues connecting, please contact studentalumni@pugetsound.edu