America’s Last Chance?

2022 US Midterm Election Town Hall
Nov 10, 2022  -  Rode Hoed, Keizersgracht 102, Amsterdam

2024 is a year that looms large on any American calendar. But given the political system in the United States, spectators know that November 2022, will be as important for determining the future fate of America as the next presidential election.

Join us on November 10th for a town hall in collaboration with the Rode Hoed, De Groene Amsterdammer and the Financieele Dagblad to analyze the 2022 Midterm elections with a rolling panel of experts. Journalist and America correspondent Casper Thomas will begin the evening with a discussion of his new book, Amerika’s Laatste Kans (America’s Last Chance), and introduce the themes for the evening.

At stake? Two competing visions of the United States, each one a different ongoing experiment vying for control of the future. Ever-growing divisions in society have led to increasing social unrest: how to address the (inter)national impacts of Black Lives Matters, and Roe vs. Wade? And what about the undeniable impact of populism on the US political system, or the position the United States takes on the global stage?

Our panel of experts for the evening includes:

• Andrew Makkinga, presenter and political commentator
• Casper Thomas, author of ‘Amerika’s Laatste Kans’ and US correspondent for the Financieele Dagblad and De Groene Amsterdammer
• Kenneth Manusama, America-expert & US Constitutional Law at Amsterdam University College
• Albertine Bloemendal, Americanist, Radboud University
• Roberta Haar, Foreign Policy Analysis & Transatlantic Relations, University of Maastricht
• Laila Frank, America journalist

Moderator: Eelco Bosch van Rosenthal

In collaboration with: Rode Hoed, De Groene Amsterdammer & Financieele Dagblad