"With the public feeling disconnected from Washington and having grown tired of the current political debate and lack of progress on major issues, this could be the most important gathering of the year." —Matthew Dowd, brand strategist and former presidential adviser

Presented by the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, Ceasefire! Bridging the Political Divide is a forum for exploring ways to improve political dialogue and decision making at all levels.

Convened by Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the conference features a keynote address by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The program also features remarks by Governor Janet Napolitano, chair of the National Governors Association and two important panel discussions featuring key journalists, political strategists, philanthropists, and non-profit community leaders.

Wallis Annenberg, The Annenberg Foundation
Lauren Bon, Annenberg Foundation
Margaret Carlson, Columnist, Bloomberg News; Washington Editor, The Week magazine
Jay Carney, Time
Geoffrey Cowan, Dean, USC Annenberg School for Communication and director, Center on Communication Leadership
Gray Davis, former Governor of California
Matthew Dowd, brand strategist and former advisor to President George W. Bush
Harold Ford, Jr., DLC chairman and former Congressman
Charles E. Jones, former Arizona Supreme Court Justice
Michael Kinsley, columnist
Sherry Lansing, Sherry Lansing Foundation
Richard Lovett, president, CAA
Janet Napolitano, Governor of Arizona
Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC
John Podesta, Center for American Progress
Richard J. Riordan, Of Counsel, Bingham McCutchen; Former Los Angeles mayor
Kathleen Sebelius, Governor of Kansas
Kevin Wall, Live Earth
Juan Williams, NPR and Fox News
Judy Woodruff, PBS’s NewsHour
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