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Abbey Speaker Series: Conversation with Cal Cunningham and Senator Thom Tillis

The Abbey Speaker Series continues on November 10th at 5:30 p.m.with a conversation between Senator Thom Tillis and former NC State Senator Cal Cunningham on how to build and maintain friendships across the political divide. This discussion is co-sponsored by the UNC Institute of Politics.

Registration is available here.


Cal Cunningham

Cal Cunningham

Cal Cunningham is founder of Cunningham Law, PLLC, where he represents clients in complex civil litigation across North Carolina.  He is also manager of Axiom Property Development, LLC, where he works to deliver workforce housing in the Triangle.  Cunningham obtained his BA with Honors and JD from UNC Chapel Hill and MSc from the London School of Economics.  He currently serves as a lieutenant colonel in the US Army Reserve and recently completed a fourth active duty tour.  He is also a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.  In 2020, Cunningham was the Democratic Nominee for United States Senate in North Carolina.

Senator Thom Tillis

Senator Thom Tillis was first elected to represent North Carolina in 2014 and is currently serving in his second term after being re-elected in 2020. Senator Tillis is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, and Judiciary Committee. Before serving in the Senate, he was Speaker of the House in the North Carolina General Assembly where he played an instrumental role in enacting job-creating policies and reforming North Carolina’s tax and regulatory codes. He lives with his wife Susan in Huntersville, North Carolina, and they are the proud parents of two grown children and grandparents to two grand-daughters.


Sarah Treul Roberts

Sarah Treul Roberts is a Bowman and Gordon Gray Term Professor of political science at UNC. She is currently working on a book project analyzing the rise of inexperienced candidates and anti-establishment rhetoric in congressional elections. She also serves as faculty director for the Program for Public Discourse and as a co-editor for Legislative Studies Quarterly.


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