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2012 Bulen Symposium
When: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 9am to 3pm with lunch from 12 to 1.
Where: IUPUI Campus Center (fourth floor)
Us versus Them: Politics and Competition
From the Iowa caucus to Inauguration Day, in presidential elections the game of politics captivates America. The final scoreboard is produced by voters on Election Day, but the race is scored each day with the release of new national and swing state polls. With each fresh polling result, one side rejoices while the other looks to discredit its methods. Partisanship is the force that determines which side of that debate one is on and it is partisanship that turns politics into sport. It’s us versus them.
The 2012 Bulen Symposium on American Politics promises to bring many and varied perspectives on the game of politics. The starting lineup includes Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the chairs of the Indiana State Republican and Democratic parties Eric Holcomb and Daniel J. Parker, who will provide an inside-the-locker-room look at the election season. Anne Hathaway, president of Hathaway Strategies and program director at the 2012 Republican National Convention, will provide a national perspective on the presidential election results. From the sidelines, the media panel will give a birds’-eye view on reporters’ roles and views on the political action. Expert commentator Dr. Alan Abramowitz from Emory University will weigh in on the game, focusing on the role of partisanship and polarization.
Location: IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd, Room 450
Time: 9am to 3pm
Date: Thursday, November 29th, 2012
Cost: Free for IUPUI Students, for all others $35—includes lunch and attendance at all sessions
For more information contact Aaron Dusso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visitor parking is available for a fee in the Vermont Street Parking Garage. IUPUI map: hyperlink to http://iupui.edu/map
Dean, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
Professor of Political Science
9:10 Morning Keynote Address
President, Hathaway Strategies
Program Director, 2012 Republican National Convention
10am Media Panel
Host, Afternoons with Amos on WTLC-AM
Political Report, WISH TV
Host, Indiana Week in Review
Mary Beth Schneider
State Government and Political Reporter, the Indianapolis Star
Political Columnist, Indianapolis Star
Columnist, Indiana Business Journal
Chairman, IBJ Media Corp.
11:15 “Voting in an Era of Polarization: The 2012 Elections and Beyond”
Alan I. Abramowitz
Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science, Emory University
1:15 Afternoon Keynote Address
Mayor, Indianapolis, Indiana
2pm State of the Party
State Chair, Indiana Republican Party
Communications Director, Indiana Democratic Party