Institute of Politics speaker series kicks off new season Oct. 7

The Institute of Politics at Florida State University (IOP@FSU) will kick off its flagship speaker series Thursday, Oct. 7, with a talk by Christina Reynolds, the vice president of communications for EMILY’s List, a political action committee devoted to increasing the number of pro-choice women in elected office. 

Reynolds’ talk will be the first in the Strengthening American Democracy speaker series. The series, which debuted last year as the “Celebrating Civility Speaker Series,” will adopt a new theme each year to reflect the current political climate, said IOP Director Hans Hassell. 

The Strengthening American Democracy speaker series will run throughout the 2021-2022 academic year and focus on generating awareness of the principles of democracy and the responsibility of citizens to support and strengthen the democratic process.

Reynolds’ virtual presentation – “Overcoming the Challenges Women Face in Running for Office” – will take place at 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday, Oct. 7. Interested attendees may register at  

Hassell said he’s excited to have Reynolds kick off the new season. 

“Her experiences have equipped her with valuable political insight, allowing her to attest to the challenges women face in the electoral arena and present evidence-based, effective strategies to overcome them,” he said. “We look forward to building upon her remarks as we host other thought leaders with a wide range of backgrounds and varied expertise in the coming year.”  

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About The Institute of Politics at Florida State University

The Institute of Politics at Florida State University (IOP@FSU) is a world-class, nonpartisan, and nationally renowned institute that promotes engagement in politics by students and citizens. Housed within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, the IOP@FSU supports applied political research by a cadre of world-class scholars and will mobilize the talents of our alumni, students, faculty, and friends while taking advantage of our location in Florida’s Capital City. The IOP@FSU offers wide-ranging opportunities for FSU students to become civically engaged, promotes research in politics, citizen involvement, and public service, and promotes the awareness of politics, citizen involvement, and public service in the general public. For additional information, please visit