L. Keith Bulen Symposium on American Politics

2011 Bulen Symposium

2016 Bulen Symposium

When: Thursday, November 17, 2016, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location: IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd, Room 450 AB

Cost: Free, but registration is required by Wednesday, November 14, 2016. Lunch is included for symposium registrants.

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 2016 Presidential Election: Change, Revolution, or Status Quo?
The size of the political followings of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders surprised pundits, journalists, scholars, and political insiders. Nobody took Trump seriously when he announced his candidacy and Sanders was dismissed with no chance of stopping Hillary Clinton’s coronation as the Democratic nominee.  FiveThirtyEight.com’s Harry Enten wrote back in June of 2015 when Trump entered the Republican primary race that, "Trump has a better chance of cameoing in another ‘Home Alone’ movie with Macaulay Culkin—or playing in the NBA Finals—than winning the Republican nomination.” Obviously, he was slightly off the mark with that prediction. Like Trump, Sanders was also discounted. Prior to the Michigan Democratic primary in March, every major poll had Clinton with a big lead, which evaporated on Election Day when Sanders won. Given the success both of these campaigns had in building extremely devoted followings that shocked many longtime political overserves, what happens next?  Are these campaigns signs of fundamental change or even a revolution in the American political system? Or was it just a blip with a return to the status quo once the dust settles on the 2016 presidential campaign?