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Who’s Choosing the President? A Special Election Series

Date: September 14, 2016

Political experts address racial, generational, and religious changes in the electorate, the role of women voters, the role of the media, and political theater.

The C.V Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the Louis L. Goldstein Program in Public Affairs will host a series of political experts and thinkers, culminating in an event on the night of the presidential election. All events are free and open to the public.

★Wednesday, Sept. 28

Who’s Choosing the President? The Changing American Voter, 2016

with Robert P. Jones and Stella M. Rouse (Watch video) 5:30 p.m., Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall

This year’s special presidential election series begins with a look at racial, religious, and generational changes in the American electorate. Jones is CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute and author of The End of White Christian America. Rouse is an associate professor of government and politics and director of the University of Maryland’s Center for American Politics and Citizenship. She is the author of Latinos in the Legislative Process

★Thursday, Oct. 6

Who’s Choosing the President? The Republic of Spin with David Greenberg (watch video)

5:00 p.m., Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall

The second event in the 2016 election series reveals how candidates and strategists craft their sales pitches to the American voter. Greenberg, professor of history and of journalism and media studies at Rutgers, is a frequent media commentator and the author of Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency. 

★Wednesday, Oct. 19

Who’s Choosing the President? Women and the Vote with Rebecca Traister and Melissa Deckman (watch video) 5:30 p.m., Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall

The third event in this series features a conversation on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and the role of gender in the 2016 election. Traister is writer-at-large for New York magazine and author of All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation. Deckman is the Louis L. Goldstein Professor of Public Affairs and chair of the Department of Political Science at Washington College and author of Tea Party Women: Mama Grizzlies, Grassroots Leaders, and the Changing Face of the American Right.

★Wednesday, Oct. 26

Who’s Choosing the President? Politics as Performance with Jon Grinspan and Michele Volansky 5:30 p.m., Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall

For at least 200 years, American voters and candidates have shared the spotlight in colorful, often raucous “political theater.” Grinspan is curator of political history at the National Museum of American History and author of The Virgin Vote: How Young Americans Made Democracy Social, Politics Personal, and Voting Popular in the Nineteenth Century. Volansky is chair and associate professor of theatre and dance at Washington College.

★Tuesday, Nov. 8

Election Night Event

Join Washington College faculty and students for the presidential election returns. Time and location to be announced.

The Louis L. Goldstein Program in Public Affairs was established in 1990 to encourage students to enter public service by introducing them to exemplary leaders, both in and out of government. The program sponsors lectures, symposia, and visiting fellows, student participation in models and conferences, and other projects that bring students and faculty together with leaders experienced in developing public policy.

The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience is dedicated to fostering innovative approaches to the American past and present. Through educational programs, scholarship, and public outreach, the Starr Center seeks to bridge the divide between the academic world and the public at large.


Last modified on Oct. 27th, 2016 at 9:22am by Michael Buckley.