Thursday, September 1st, 2016
We are pleased to present our September issue of the LSE US Centre Newsletter

Please feel free to forward this newsletter on to any colleagues and friends who may be interested in the US Centre and our events and activities.

Centre Highlights

LSE North America Forum 

We are delighted to announce that the second LSE North America Forum will take place in Washington DC on Friday 28 October 2016 from 4-9.30pm! 

Hosted by Professor Julia Black, Interim LSE Director, this event enables you to join leading LSE academics and alumni discussing the key issues shaping lives and societies on a global scale - issues likely to be brought into sharper focus in the US as the race for the White House enters its final days.  The Global Forums are open to all LSE alumni and close friends of the School. Whether you are a local resident or passing through on holiday or business, we hope you will attend.

Get your tickets for the event here

"LSE strives to be the 'go to' place
for US commentary and analysis"

Centre Director, Peter Trubowitz, spoke to Impact, LSE Advancement's magazine for volunteers and philanthropic supporters of the School, on the role of the US Centre at LSE.

"Gone are the days when the international and domestic sides of American political life could be studied in isolation. We want to be at the forefront of a new approach. Bringing LSE’s US expertise into a single vehicle is helping to ensure that we become the ‘go to’ place for independent commentary and analysis of US affairs."

Read the full article here on page 16. 
US Centre events 

We are pleased to announce our upcoming events for Michaelmas Term!
These events are free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. 

Why Washington Won't Work

Date: Wednesday 5 October 2016
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Marc Hetherington from Vanderbilt University examines why Americans today viscerally dislike and distrust the party opposite the one they identify with more than at any point in the last 100 years, and how these negative feelings are central to understanding the political dysfunction and gridlock that has gripped the U.S. for the past decade.

See more here.

What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?

Date: Tuesday 11 October 2016
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, OId Building 

Financial inequality is one of the biggest political issues of our time: from the Wall Street bailouts to the rise of the One Percent, who between them control forty-percent of the US wealth. So where are the Democrats - the notional 'party of the people' in all of this? Author Thomas Frank will examine how the Left in America has abandoned its roots to pursue a new supporter - elite professionals - and how this unprecedented shift away from its working-class roots ultimately deepens the rift between the rich and poor in the US.

See more here.

What's Next? Analysing the 2016 US Presidential Election

Date: Wednesday 9 November 2016
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

America goes to the polls on 8 November to decide who will succeed Barack Obama as the 45th President. With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both vying for the job, whoever wins, the result will be an historic one. Join us for a lively evening of discussion with media and academic experts on US politics who will review the results of the 2016 US presidential election and give us their insights into what we can expect of the incoming administration. Speakers include Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey, Professor Peter TrubowitzSir Nigel Sheinwald and Justin Webb

See more here.

US Presidential Debate Screening and Discussion: ‘Come Debate the Debate’

Date: Thursday 20 October 2016
Time:  5-7:30pm
Venue: TBD 

Watch the final US presidential debate before the 2016 elections followed by a discussion with US Centre Director, Professor Peter Trubowitz. Hear expert commentary on the candidates and this unprecedented election, participate in discussion and ‘debate the debate’! This event is open to all LSE students. Space is limited so attendance is first come, first serve.

More information on this event will be released soon. 

Fed Power

Date: Wednesday 16 November 2016
Time:  4pm
Venue: TBD

Larry Jacobs and Desmond King deliver a book talk for their recent publication, Fed Power: How Finance Wins, which traces the Fed's historic development during the 19th century to its current position as the most important institution in the American economy, possessing unparalleled capacity and autonomy to intervene in private markets.
More information on this event will be released soon. 

The Yanks are Coming! LSE in the American Century! 

Date: Tuesday 17 November 2016
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

LSE has helped shaped the United States and Americans have helped define LSE since its foundation in 1895. Come listen to Professor Mick Cox explain what has been a very “special relationship”.

See more here
New from the Ballpark Media Hub

The Ballpark is the LSE US Centre’s media centre encompassing our podcast and US election explainer videos. Follow the Ballpark on Twitter and take a look at all our episodes, explainer videos and extra innings segments here.  

Episode 7: Federalism, the longest lasting debate in America

In this episode, our hosts dive into one of the oldest and longest lasting debates in American history: federalism vs. states’ rights. Even though it’s centuries old, this issue keeps popping up, and we walk you through the implications of this debate. This episode features interviews with Waltraud Schelkle of the LSE’s European Institute, Sierra Smucker, PhD student at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and Visiting Student at the LSE US Centre, and Chris Parkes, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the LSE.

Take a listen
The US Elections Explained: Voter Eligibility

Dr Daniel Laurison looks at the history of voter eligibility in America and recent trends and changes to voting laws and voting rights.

Watch it here


Extra Innings: Has Obama been a transformative president?

In this installment of Extra Innings, we bring you behind the scenes of the US Centre and present a full lecture from University of Texas Austin Professor Jeffrey Tulis. Jeffrey examined Obama’s presidency and asked whether or not Barack Obama has been a transformative president. This event was held in collaboration with the Dahrendorf Forum.

Take a listen

Popular commentary from the US Centre blog

The Centre's USAPP blog posts at least two articles every weekday, and academic book reviews on Sundays.

Internet polls are regularly underestimating support for Hillary Clinton

Using results from the 2016 presidential primaries to assess state polls’ accuracy, Taylor Howell, Christopher Stout and Reuben Kline find that that internet polls were slightly more likely to overestimate support for Trump than live interviewer polls, and that they were likely to underestimate support for Clinton by nearly 2 percent. 

Donald Trump has proven that he does not know what any potential Commander-in-Chief should: that military families also serve.

Nancy Sherman writes that what has been missed in the commentary on recent events is that military families also serve, by going to war vicariously with their family member, and often suffer from complicated grief syndromes and PTSD. 

With unions in decline, Trump’s path to the presidency is unlikely to be through the Rust Belt.

In this election, Donald Trump has been drawing a great deal of his support from disaffected white working-class voters. Michael McQuarrie writes that Trump’s strategy of courting this group is not surprising; white workers have been slipping away from the Democratic Party for nearly 50 years. 

The LSE's United States Centre is a hub for global expertise, analysis and commentary on America. Its mission is to promote policy-relevant and internationally-oriented scholarship to meet the growing demand for fresh analysis and critical debate on the United States.
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