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Quentin Kidd (Christopher Newport University)
Millennials, one of six living generations today, are the largest generational cohort in American history. Typically characterized as those born between 1980 and 1997, millennials reached an important milestone by the end of 2015: for the first time, all 80 million were of voting age. Quentin Kidd looks at the influence of Millennials on the upcoming election.
Women In Politics
Rosalyn Cooperman (University of Mary Washington)
These days, we do a decent job of getting women into congress, but the vast majority of them are Democrats. Rosalyn Cooperman argues this party imbalance has a lot to do with funding from PACs like Emily’s List.
Joshua Zingher (Old Dominion University)
The most wagered-upon event in world history is not a sporting event—it’s the American presidential election. Joshua Zingher says these betting markets are a more accurate predictor than election polls.
The Legacy of FDR
David Kennedy (Stanford University) & Sid Milkis (University of Virginia)
An entire generation of Americans grew up knowing no other president than Franklin Roosevelt, who served four terms and led them through the Depression and World War II. Pulitzer Prize winning FDR biographer David Kennedy gives a spellbinding account of this ebullient man of constant cheer who crafted the New Deal and the social security system. Kennedy and political scientist Sid Milkis spoke about FDR at a conference held by the Center for American Studies at Christopher Newport University.
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