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Presidential Election - 2016
Primaries, Politics and Pundits
Kevin Wagner
Lifelong Learning Society Professorship in Current Affairs, 2013-2014

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: This series will give an in depth look at the ongoing battle to lead the United States. Using engaging visuals and the latest political events, Dr. Wagner will explore the controversies and news that are moving the race through an analysis of the political media, parties, interest groups and public opinion. Each lecture will explore modern politics through the lens of political history, and from Dr. Wagner's research on the growing shifts in the political media and political process. Dr. Wagner will present survey results, media clips, and analysis of the latest happenings. Combining visuals, data, and occasional humor, Dr. Wagner will show how events, technology, media, and politicians are shaping who our next president will be.

1. Primaries and Caucuses: The Politics of Choosing and Why the Rules Matter!
2. The Invisible Primary: Money and Power
3. Preaching to the Choir: What Happened to Moderates?
4. Television, Scandals and the Campaign: How Media Shapes Voters
5. Polling, Politics and the Internet: Who is Talking and Who is Listening?
6. The American Voter: Who is Really Turning Out?
7. Israel and Foreign Policy: Do People Vote Only Their Pocketbook?
8. Conventions and Platforms: Is Anyone Watching?
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Dr. Kevin Wagner received his J.D., M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida. He is the Director of Graduate Studies in Political Science at FAU and holds the 2013-14 LLS Professorship in Current Affairs. His research and teaching interests include campaigns and elections, as well as media and politics. 
His work has been published in leading journals and law reviews including American Review of Politics, The Journal of Legislative Studies, The Political Chronicle, and Politics and Policy. He is one of the leading authorities on the effects of technology on politics and has published a book with Rowman and Littlefield Press entitled Rebooting American Politics: The Internet Revolution. His most recent book is Tweeting to Power: The Social Media Revolution in Politics, from Oxford University Press.
Dr. Wagner has lectured extensively on American politics and has been cited in many leading newspapers, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, New York Newsday, Dallas Morning News and Miami Herald.  He has been featured on many national television shows, including MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports and NBC’s The Today Show and has appeared as a political analyst for both our local CBS and NBC affiliates.

Time: 1:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Date: Mondays, January 11, 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; March 7
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $74
Door price member/non-member - $110

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