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Views from the U: The Political Science of Election 2012

Date: 10/16/2012

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: Theater Coffman Memorial Union

Cost: Free

Description:

Become your own pundit with the help of some of the University’s leading political science researchers. Moderated by Kathryn Sikkink, this panel discussion will feature the expertise of five professors:

  • See how voters’ brains respond to campaign messages—literally—with John Sullivan who uses MRIs to study political psychology.
  • Do “ambivalent partisans”—voters conflicted between their partisan identity and evaluations of their party’s performance—promote democracy? Yes, says Howard Lavine’s research, and he’ll explain how.
  • Our nation’s basic institutional framework plays an important role in the election process. Kathryn Pearson will discuss the Electoral College and congressional elections.
  • Supreme Court expert Timothy Johnson examines how judicial decisions like the Affordable Care Act impact voter behavior.
  • How does the world economy influence US elections -- and vice versa? Ben Ansell will explain the global proportions of election 2012.

Bring your own questions—the last hour of the program is open for audience Q&A.

Free! Please register online to attend.

 

Contact:

  • Name: Tessa Eagan
  • E-mail: teagan@umn.edu
  • Phone: 5-3781
  • Sponsored by: College of Liberal Arts, Political Science

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Patricia Hall at hall0781@umn.edu or (612) 624-6445.

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