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George Washington wanted to use Thanksgiving as a way to hold the new country together in the face of forces that he knew could pull it apart, writes Valsania.

How the first presidentially proclaimed Thanksgiving was the Twitter of its time

Valsania, a professor of American history at the University of Turin, is writing a biography of George Washington.

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Restoring Civic Duty and Civility: A Conversation with Cindy McCain, Heidi Heitkamp, and Anne Applebaum

Organizer: Renew Democracy Initiative and McCain Institute

The election may be over, but we are more polarized than we've ever been. In the 1960 presidential election, just 10 percent of political ads were negative; in 2012, only 14 percent were positive. It often feels like half the country simply cannot relate to the other half. Where do we go from here? How can we reintroduce hope and a sense of belonging?

The Renew Democracy Initiative and the McCain Institute are excited to host three incredible women to discuss these questions and think about how we can move forward. McCain Institute Chair Cindy McCain and RDI Board member and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D) are prominent members of opposing political parties, but have never let that get in the way of their friendship. They have worked tirelessly to mend the divides tearing our nation apart and we look forward to learning more about their unique friendship as we discuss how to make cross-partisan friendships a reality.

Location: Webinar

Can Political Consultants Fix American Politics?

Organizer: Project on Ethics in Political Communication

Join the Project on Ethics in Political Communication for a conversation about how political consultants can make American political discourse less awful. Project director Peter Loge will lead a discussion with Susan Del Percio (crisis communication expert, public affairs strategist and senior advisor to the Lincoln Project), Oren Shur (senior Democratic strategist and the director of SKDKPolitical) and Nikita Sibley (graduate student in the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University and the veteran of several Florida campaigns).

Location: Webinar

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