L. Keith Bulen Symposium on American Politics

2011 Bulen Symposium

2014 Bulen Symposium

When: Friday, November 14, 2014 - 9am to 3pm

Where: IUPUI Campus Center 450 AB (fourth floor)
Location: IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd, Room 450 AB
: 9am to 3pm
Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Cost: Free, but registration is required by Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

To register or for more information please contact Aaron Dusso, adusso@iupui.edu | Phone: 317.274.7387

Visitor parking is available for a fee in the Vermont Street Parking Garage. IUPUI Map

The Midterm Elections & 2016

Midterm congressional elections are traditionally viewed as a referendum of the sitting president.  With the Senate potentially up for grabs and the 2016 presidential election lurking around the corner, the implications of this November’s elections can hardly be understated.  Will President Obama’s poor approval ratings doom the Democrats in Congress?  How will the president’s agenda change in his last two years of office? Who will emerge as the front-runners for an open presidential election?  The only thing that is certain is that American voters will have a lot to discuss and debate.

The 2014 Bulen Symposium on American Politics will provide a forum for discussion and debate on these and many other political developments. This year we are happy to welcome Senator Richard Lugar as our keynote speaker; the chairs of the Indiana State Republican and Democratic Parties, Tim Berry and John Zody; and media representatives Tony Cook from the Indy Star, Amber Stearns from NUVO, and Lesley Weidenbener from The Statehouse File. We also welcome political scientists Dr. Jeffery Mondak from the University of Illinois and Dr. Edward Burmila from Bradley University.


9am Welcome
Dean William Blomquist
Dean and Professor of Political Science, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI
9:10 Morning Keynote
Dr. Jeffery Mondak
Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
10am State Party Chairs Panel
Tim Berry
Chairman, Indiana Republican Party
John C. Zody
Chairman, Indiana Democratic Party
Moderator: Dr. Margaret Ferguson, Professor of Political Science, IUPUI
11am Media Panel
Tony Cook
Statehouse Reporter, Indianapolis Star
Amber Stearns
News Editor, Nuvo
Lesley Weidenbener
Executive Editor, The Statehouse File
Moderator: Dr. Kristina Sheeler, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, IUPUI
12pm Lunch
Buffet lunch served next door.
Reservations are required
1pm Afternoon Keynote
Senator Richard Lugar
President, The Luger Center
Distinguished scholar and professor of practice, IU Bloomington School of Global and International Studies
2pm Closing Session
Dr. Edward Burmila
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Bradley University

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