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Institute Hosts American Election 2012: Contexts and Consequences Academic Conference

March 18, 2013

Kate Giaquinto
New Hampshrie Institute of Politics & Political Library
(603) 222-4115

Saint Anselm College Politics professor Peter Josephson Ph.D., and Theology professor Ward Holder Ph.D., held The American Election 2012: Contexts and Consequences academic conference at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library on March 15-16.

The conference hosted keynote speaker, journalist Dante Chinni, author of Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth about the Real America, who presented his research Data, America's Shifting Landscape, and the Meaning of 2012.

Holder said "The way he [Chinni] broke down what happened in the last election was far more sophisticated and a more perceptive look at our electorate than just red state--blue state. It was an interesting discussion of what these trends seem to mean for coming election"

More than 26 speakers from colleges and universities including Georgetown University, Hiram College, the University of Wisconsin, Clark University, the University of Durham, Boston College, and the University of New Hampshire, among others, presented papers during one of the six panels.

"Our six panels discussed the future of the Republican party, faith and politics in the 2012 election, the emergence of new campaign strategies, the emerging power of women in American politics, and the domestic and foreign policy consequences of the election," said Josephson.

One panel included Saint Anselm College' Sociology professor Tauna Sisco Ph.D. and Politics professor Jen Lucas Ph.D. presented at the conference. Holder said they "dived into the questions about the language of rape and the war on women."

He also said the conference lent itself to great questions and conversations that went beyond the surface of sensitive topics like this.

Politics major Grace Keating '14, who served as event coordinator, said "the question and answer time after each panel was always full of thought-provoking questions and meaningful discussion. I think all the professors truly benefitted from being able to share their work, gain feedback from a professional community."

Selected papers presented at the conference will serve as chapters in a book that Holder and Josephson will edit and present to academic publishers later this semester.

"Something that I kept hearing throughout the weekend was how beautiful and interesting the Institute is. They loved all the pictures, autographs, and memorabilia that decorate our building. It made me especially proud to call this place home!" said Keating.

The American Election 2012: Contexts and Consequences conference was supported by The Earhart Foundation and the Richard L. Bready Chair in Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College

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