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November 19, 2018

Faith and the Faithful in the Midterm Elections

November 19, 2018
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Healy Hall
Gaston Hall

The 2018 midterm elections will receive close analysis from many angles. This unique Dialogue focuses on the ways faith communities and their beliefs and values contributed to the outcomes and are helping shape the political and religious direction of our nation.

A panel of experts will look at who won and lost and why, focusing on the roles faith, religious voters, and faith communities played in the outcomes. They will also explore the context, opportunities, and challenges Catholics, evangelicals, and other religious groups face in the current environment of political polarization, ecclesial scandal, and overall neglect of issues related to the poor, immigrants, and the vulnerable.

This Dialogue and series is co-sponsored by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and the Institute of Politics and Public Service at Georgetown University and is supported by the Democracy Fund.


Robert Costa is a national political reporter for the Washington Post and moderator of Washington Week on PBS. He traveled across the country covering the presidential campaign of Donald Trump for the 2016 election.

Elizabeth Dias is a national correspondent for the New York Times covering faith, values, and the 2018 elections. She is the author of What Did Jesus Ask?: Christian Leaders Reflect on His Questions of Faith.

Ana Gonzalez-Barrera is a senior researcher at Pew Research Center and an expert on the U.S. Hispanic population and immigration issues.

Gregory Smith is the associate director of research at Pew Research Center, where he focuses on religion and American politics, and the political views of Catholics. He also wrote Politics in the Parish: The Political Influence of Catholic Priests.

John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown, will moderate the Dialogue.