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Election 2016: Beyond the Spin

Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 p.m.

Rotwitt Theater of the McShain Performing Arts Center

Participants will provide analysis and understanding of a crucial election following one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in recent history.


Dr. Michael Hagen is Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University, where he has taught since 2004. Hagen’s current research focuses on the conduct and consequences of campaigns and elections in Pennsylvania and the United States, and on the politics of civil rights. Hagen teaches courses on American politics, public opinion and elections, voting rights and political participation, campaign politics and the news media, and the American presidency. He also teaches quantitative analysis and research design.

Dr. Robin Kolodny is Professor of Political Science at Temple University, where she has taught since 1991. Kolodny is the author of Pursuing Majorities: Congressional Campaign Committees in American Politics (University of Oklahoma Press, 1998) as well as numerous articles on political parties in the US Congress, in elections, and in comparative perspective. She also writes extensively on political consultants and campaign finance in the US. In 2011, Kolodny won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, a university-wide award given by Temple University and the Lindback Foundation.

Sharmain Matlock-Turner is the President and CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition. She began her tenure at the Coalition in March of 1999, with a special distinction as the first woman to lead in the organization’s 47-year history. The Urban Affairs Coalition unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiative to improve the quality of life in the region. Ms. Matlock-Turner has been the recipient of numerous awards, most recently the 2016 Smart CEO Cornerstone Award. She was recently chosen by KYW Radio as one of their Non-Profit Leaders of the Year in 2016.


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