Upcoming Events » Election 2016: The Challenge

Start:
November 1, 2016 4:00 pm
End:
November 1, 2016 5:30 pm
Cost:
Free & Open to the Public
Venue:
UMass Lowell O’Leary Library Learning Commons
Address:
61 Wilder St.
Lowell, MA
Website:
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“Election 2016: The Challenge,” a UMass Lowell forum for the campus and community, will explore how the presidential race has upended voters’ and experts’ understanding of the political process and rules of engagement.

The free event will look at the campaigns of Hillary Clinton, the first female presidential nominee of a major party, and Republican Donald Trump, who has defied political-watchers’ expectations at every milepost. The forum will examine both candidates’ struggle to overcome low favorability ratings with voters, along with how the dynamics of the race and evolving technology are changing the way pollsters conduct their work.

Featured speakers include Marjorie Connelly, an election exit polls analyst with the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and an award-winning journalist while with the New York Times. Joining her will be political scientist, author and scholar Jeffrey Berry, an authority on special interest groups, whose latest book is “The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility.” The panelists will answer questions from the audience as part of the discussion.

Moderating the program will be Prof. Joshua Dyck, co-director of the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion, which conducts independent, nonpartisan public opinion polls on politics and social issues that provide students and faculty with real-world academic and research opportunities. The center conducted two polls this month on Election 2016, the results of which are available at www.uml.edu/polls. The event will include remarks by UMass Lowell Provost Michael Vayda.

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