R.I. Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee talks with ASC grad students Lyndsey Beutin and Steven Schrag. Penn freshman Raquel Banks, from Pawtucket, R.I., with Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee. R.I. Gov. Lincoln Chafee (center) talks at lunch with Annenberg School Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini and Annenberg Public Policy Center Director Kathleen Hall Jamieson. R.I. Gov. Lincoln Chafee talks with a class at the Annenberg School for Communication. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee met with students and faculty at the Annenberg School for Communication on Thursday, Oct. 2, and spoke about navigating an increasingly polarized political environment. Chafee, who has been Governor since 2011, previously served as a Republican U.S. Senator representing Rhode Island from 1999-2007. He subsequently became an Independent, and in 2013 announced that he would register as a Democrat. Chafee spoke and took questions in Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s “Intro to Political Communication” class. Afterward, he met with Jamieson, the director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center; ASC Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini; and faculty and graduate students for a luncheon at the policy center.