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SPS Election 2020 Speaker Series with Margaret O'Mara
Join us for our second speaker of our SPS Election 2020 Speaker Series. This series is designed to connect the School of Professional Studies, and the wider Columbia community, with important historical contexts for some of the pressing questions surrounding America's electoral environment. Join us as three renowned speakers share their perspectives and research. RSVP's are required!

Our next speaker, who you can learn more about below, is Prof. Margaret O'Mara of the University of Washington, an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer who will be presenting "Modern Presidential Elections That Made History"

"Serious and silly, unifying and polarizing, presidential elections have become events that Americans love and hate. Today's elections cost billions of dollars and consume the nation's attention for months, filling television airwaves and online media with endless advertising and political punditry, often heated, vitriolic, and petty. Yet presidential elections also provoke and inspire mass engagement of ordinary citizens in the political system. No matter how frustrated or disinterested voters might be about politics and government, every four years the attention of the nation—and the world—focuses on the candidates, the contest, and the issues. The partisan election process has been a way for a messy, jumbled, raucous nation to come together as a slightly-more-perfect union."

Oct 1, 2020 06:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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