Finding Common Ground on the New Economy

Wednesday April 14, 2021   7pm–8pm ET
On Zoom Streaming Live from Notre Dame (seating limited)

As the workforce transforms, what is government’s role? Hear from two of the political world’s leading voices.

Millions of students will soon graduate into a workforce radically altered by the pandemic and changes in technology and energy. What is government’s role in this new economy? Tune in as former Governor John Kasich and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro – recent Republican and Democratic presidential candidates, respectively – bring diverse perspectives to the search for common ground. Register now for this thought-provoking virtual conversation hosted by Common Ground Committee in partnership with BridgeND, the University of Notre Dame and The Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy.

Finding Common Ground on the New Economy

with former Governor John Kasich & former US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Julián Castro Moderated by Kelly Evans of CNBC

Wednesday April 14, 2021  7pm–8pm et

Free Zoom Event. Seats are limited. Register now to get a link to view the live event, and join the online discussion! Registration closes at 6 pm ET on April 13.

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Featured Speakers

John Kasich
Former Governor

Two-term former Ohio Governor John R. Kasich is a politician, a New York Times best-selling author, a former FOX television host and current senior commentator at CNN, and an American citizen who believes that unity is the answer to our most common problems. As Governor, he was a leading voice in promoting bipartisan solutions to health care reform, immigration and international trade. Previously, as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, he served as chairman of the House Budget Committee and balanced the Federal Budget four times—a feat not accomplished since. Kasich is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he was a Presidential Fellow.

Julián Castro
Former HUD Secretary


Julián Castro has distinguished himself as a strong leader and public servant for nearly two decades. As Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, he earned the Department recognition as one of the most improved federal agencies while spearheading efforts to reduce homelessness and deliver broadband to public housing residents. As mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014, he brought a strong focus to expanding educational achievement and becoming a leader in the 21st century global economy. Castro is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

Kelly Evans
News Anchor, CNBC


Kelly Evans is anchor of CNBC’s “The Exchange,” the newsroom-based program for today’s investor, and co-anchor of CNBC’s “Power Lunch.” Evans was most recently co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” and earlier, “Squawk on the Street” and “Worldwide Exchange” based in London. Prior to CNBC, Evans was an economics reporter and “Heard on the Street” columnist for The Wall Street Journal. She also hosted the daily “News Hub” program on Evans joined the Journal in 2007 after graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA.

Presented by

Common Ground Committee

Common Ground Committee (CGC) is a non-partisan, citizen-led organization dedicated to fostering more progress and less division in politics. By bringing together today’s smartest thinkers to find common ground on critical issues, we inspire citizens and leaders to bring light, not heat, to public discourse. Since 2010, we’ve hosted dozens of notable panelists representing views across the political spectrum, from John Kerry and Condoleezza Rice to Michael Steele and Donna Brazile. As a partner in the democracy reform movement, we also share actionable tools to help people heal division in civil discourse. Subscribe to our podcast and try our Common Ground Scorecard to find candidates that work across the aisle.

The event is co-sponsored by BridgeND, a chapter of BridgeUSA, a student-organized and managed nonprofit organization that advocates for constructive, responsible political discussion on college campuses across the country. The University of Notre Dame faculty-led cosponsoring organization is the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy.