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Obama and the Terrible Twos?

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As news media become more seemingly partisan, where can you turn to find accurate information and reasonable reflection? It’s as important as ever to be fully informed politically.

“Political science can provide perspective and context for both the campaign and election results that are often difficult to find in the current media environment, dominated as it is by cable talk, talk radio, and partisan/ideological blogs that often miss the forest for the trees,” says Dr. David Holian (Political Science). He is director of UNCG’s Center for Legislative Studies

As the Obama presidency nears its two-year mark, the Center for Legislative Studies in the Department of Political Science will present the fall lecture series “Obama at Midterm: Polarization and Backlash.”

“We feel it’s important to take a step back and discuss how the current midterm elections are not only unique in certain ways – for example, the effect of the Tea Party in Republican primaries and the competition between increasingly polarized parties – but also perfectly predictable given our understanding of past midterms – for example, the expectation of large losses by the president’s party, especially given the poor economy.”

Two talks are before the midterm elections. One is afterward. “The first talk will be about Republican prospects for taking over the House, Senate or both,” said Holian (Political Science). “The second talk will discuss the Obama presidency in the context of the highly politically polarized era we live in. Finally, the third talk will place the election results in context and discuss Obama’s leadership challenge as we turn our attention to the 2012 presidential election.”

The talks begin this week:

“How Large a Wave? The Outlook for the 2010 Midterm Elections”
Dr. Alan I. Abramowitz (Emory University)
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m.

“Barack Obama and the Partisan Presidency”
Dr. Richard M. Skinner (Rollins College)
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.

“The 2010 Midterms and Their Consequences”
Dr. David W. Rohde (Duke University)
Wednesday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m.

All events will be held in the Weatherspoon Auditorium.
Free parking will be behind the Museum.
A reception will follow each lecture in the Atrium.

Dr. Alan I. Abramowitz, the first speaker, is the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta. He has authored or coauthored five books, has made dozens of contributions to edited volumes, and has published more than 40 articles in political science journals dealing with political parties, elections and voting behavior in the United States. His book “The Disappearing Center: Engaged Citizens, Polarization and American Democracy” was published this year by Yale University Press.

Questions? Contact Carrie Klamut at ceklamut@uncg.edu

By Mike Harris
Photography courtesy The White House