The Elections Research Center is pleased to announce the following upcoming events:

Election Symposium 2016

December 9, 2016

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The center will convene its first post-election symposium on December 9. This day-long event will focus on analyzing the results of the 2016 election. The symposium will tackle a range of topics including digital campaign advertising, the uniqueness of the Trump campaign, the behavior of key demographic groups, and how 2016 compares to past elections.

Presenters at the symposium include elections experts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, professors Erika Franklin Fowler (Wesleyan University), Gary Jacobson (UC San Diego), Samara Klar (University of Arizona), and Michael Tesler (UC Irvine), and prominent Washington Post columnist Dan Balz.

Follow the Elections Research Center on Twitter and Facebook to receive regular updates about the event. More details will be available soon.


Presidential Debate Viewing & Discussion

September 26, 2016 — Marquee Cinema at Union South

Watch the first presidential debate with faculty affiliates of the Elections Research Center. Professors Barry Burden, David Canon, Kathy Cramer, and Mike Wagner will provide instant analysis and a discussion after the debate. Snacks will be provided, and a voter registration table will be set up at the door.

The viewing will take place at the Marquee Cinema at Union South at 8 p.m., Monday, September 26. View a flyer for the event.


Casting Votes, Counting Votes for Election 2016: Democracy and Law in Action

April 1-2, 2016

This is a two-day conference organized by the University of Wisconsin Law School's Institute for Legal Studies and co-sponsored in part by the Elections Research Center. The keynote speaker is Pamela S. Karlan, Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School. More information available here.


Events featuring Center Affiliates, Summer and Fall 2016

June 2, 2016 — "The 2016 Presidential Elections"

UW Alumni Association Founders' Day event, Atlanta, GA, with David Canon

June 2–3, 2016 — "Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy"

A conference hosted by the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University, featuring Eleanor Powell.

June 16–17, 2016 — "Purchasing Power? The Next Generation of Research on Money and Politics"

An event co-sponsored by the Ford Foundation and Yale University, featuring Eleanor Powell.

July 17–22, 2016 — Byron Shafer at the Republican National Convention

Attending as guest of the Wisconsin delegation

July 24–29, 2016 — Byron Shafer at the Democratic National Convention

Attending as guest of the New Jersey delegation

July 28, 2016 — "The 2016 Elections"

Supporting Active and Independent Lives, Madison, WI, with David Canon

July 28–29, 2016 — Eleanor Powell at NBER

Paper presentation at the National Bureau of Economic Research

July 29, 2016 — "The 2016 Elections"

Madison West Side Rotary Club, Madison, WI, with David Canon

August 29, 2016 — "The 2016 Elections"

Monona Meadows, Madison, WI, with David Canon

September 1–4, 2016 — Annual Meeting, American Political Science Association

More information

September 12, 2016 — "The 2016 Elections"

Capitol Lakes, Madison, WI, with David Canon

September 13, 2016 — "Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Partisan Polarization, News Coverage and the 2016 Elections"

International Learning Committee, 6:00 p.m., with Michael Wagner

September 14, 2016 — "Voting Rights Institute Expert Witness Training Conference"

At Harvard University, with presentation by Kenneth Mayer

September 14, 2016 — "Red, Blue, and Purple Media: Deciding What’s True in a Polarized Nation"

Monona Public Library, 6:00 p.m., with Michael Wagner

September 20, 2016 — On Wisconsin Web Chat

1310 Grainger Hall (Plenary Room), 7:00 p.m., with Barry Burden, Michael Wagner, and Michael Xenos. More information

September 24, 2016 — "Political Polarization in American Politics"

School of Education Conference, UW–Madison, with David Canon

September 27, 2016 — "Electoral Dysfunction" Film Screening

Union South, UW–Madison, with Ken Mayer

September 27, 2016 — Eleanor Powell at Stanford University

September 28, 2016 — Election Panel at the Center for Politics and the People

Ripon College, with Michael Wagner

October 4, 2016 — "Changing Election Laws and the 2016 Campaign"

Presentation at Capitol Lakes, with Barry Burden

October 4, 2016 — "The 2016 Elections"

Chaos and Complex Systems Seminar, UW--Madison Department of Physics, with David Canon

October 5, 2016 — "Issues in the 2016 Elections: Foreign affairs and immigration"

UW Alumni Association panel in Appleton, WI, with David Canon

October 6, 2016 — "Beyond the Left-Right Divid: Partisan Polarization, News Coverage and the 2016 Elections"

Milwaukee Badger Café, with Michael Wagner

October 7, 2016 — "Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Ideological Hot Spots in a Polarized America"

Global Hot Spots Program, Fluno Center, with Michael Wagner

October 10, 2016 — "Issues in the 2016 Elections: Polarization and Gridlock in the U.S."

UW Alumni Association panel in St. Paul, MN, with David Canon and Michael Wagner

October 11, 2016 — Eleanor Powell at the University of Miami

October 12, 2016 — "The 2016 Elections in Wisconsin"

Friends of the UW Library, with David Canon

October 19, 2016 — "Elections and Voting in the U.S."

UW--Madison International Students Association, with David Canon

October 24, 2016 — Eleanor Powell at Harvard University

October 28, 2016 — "Understanding the Roles of Gender and Ideology in the 2016 Election"

UW Letters & Sciences Board of Visitors meeting, with Barry Burden and Michael Wagner

October 28, 2016 — "How Did We Get Here? Where Are We Going?"

Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies at University of British Columbia, public lecture with Byron Shafer

October 28, 2016 — Bascom Hill Society Fall Event

with Barry Burden. More information

November 2, 2016 — "The 2016 Elections"

Event at UW–Whitewater, with David Canon

November 8, 2016 — The 2016 Elections Symposium

Event at UW–Madison School of Education, with David Canon

November 10, 2016 — Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Election Event

6:00 p.m., with Michael Wagner

November 14, 2016 — "Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Partisan Polarization, News Coverage and the 2016 Elections"

Madison Literary Club, 7:30 p.m., with Michael Wagner

November 16, 2016 — La Follette Elections Panel

with Michael Wagner and UW Writer in Residence Dave Weigel

November 19, 2016 — "Lessons from 2016 for Civic Engagement in the United States"

Crown Plaza, E. Washington Ave, 9 a.m., with Michael Wagner

November 30, 2016 — Eleanor Powell at Duke University

December 2, 2016 — "What Happened in the 2016 Elections"

Presentation at Vantage Point, Madison, WI, with Barry Burden

December 13, 2016 — "The Science of the Electoral Gender Gap in 2016"

Crossroads of Ideas lecture with Barry Burden. More information


Past Events with Center Affiliates

May 10, 2016 — "Redistricting: Process, Precedents, and Reform"

An event sponsored by the Wisconsin State Bar Association, featuring David Canon. Madison Club from noon to 1:30 p.m.

April 21, 2016 — "Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Partisan Polarization, the 2016 Elections, and the Future of American Politics"

A Founders' Day event sponsored by the UW Alumni Association, Seattle, Wash., featuring Michael W. Wagner. More information.

April 20, 2016 — "The 2016 Presidential Elections"

A Founders' Day event sponsored by the UW Alumni Association, Basking Ridge, NJ, featuring David Canon. More information.

April 20, 2016 — "Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Partisan Polarization, the 2016 Elections, and the Future of American Politics"

A Founders' Day event sponsored by the UW Alumni Association, Portland, OR, featuring Michael W. Wagner. More information.

April 19, 2016 — "Beyond the Left-Right Divide: Partisan Polarization, the 2016 Elections, and the Future of American Politics"

An event at the Center for Politics and the People, Ripon College, featuring Michael W. Wagner. More information.

April 17, 2016 — "Insights on the 2016 Election"

An event sponsored by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, Central Ohio chapter, featuring Barry Burden.

April 14-15, 2016 — "Economic Inequality and American Politics: New Directions in Research"

A conference sponsored by the Center for the Study of Inequality at Cornell University, featuring presentations by Eleanor Powell and Kathy Cramer. More information.

April 12, 2016 — "Redistricting: Process, Precedents, and Reform"

An event sponsored by Madison Academic Staff Association, featuring David Canon. UW Madison, Union South from noon to 1 p.m.

April 6, 2016 — "Lessons from the Wisconsin Primary," with Jamelle Bouie.

Barry Burden, Department of Political Science, and Katherine Cramer, Department of Political Science and Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, will join Writer in Residence Jamelle Bouie for an open forum the day after Wisconsin's presidential primary election. Bouie is Chief Political Correspondent for Slate Magazine and a Political Analyst for CBS News. Don Moynihan of the La Follette School of Public Affairs will moderate the discussion. More information.

April 4, 2016 — "The 2016 Presidential Election"

An event sponsored by the Madison Kiwanis Club, featuring David Canon.

March 15, 2016 — "Badger Cafe: Beyond the Left Right Divide"

An event featuring Michael Wagner, hosted by the WAA: Brown County, at the Neville Public Museum, 210 Museum Place in Green Bay. More information.

March 10, 2016 — "The 2016 Presidential Election"

Madison West Rotary Club, featuring David Canon.

March 3, 2016 — "Redistricting: Process, Precedents, and Reform"

League of Women Voters of Dane County, featuring David Canon.

February 28, 2016 — "The 2016 Presidential Nomination Process"

UW Political Science Alumni, Los Angeles, featuring David Canon.

February 23, 2016 — Cap Times Talks: Will Wisconsin Stay Blue or Go Red in 2016?

An event hosted by The Capital Times featuring a panel of experts, including Barry Burden, on the 2016 election. More information.

February 23, 2016 — The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker with Kathy Cramer

An event hosted by WUD Society and Politics featuring Kathy Cramer on her forthcoming book. More information.

February 22, 2016 — "Voter ID, Early Voting, and Voting Rights: Will Changes in Voting Laws Affect the 2016 Elections?"

American Democracy Project, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, featuring David Canon.