Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
We are pleased to present our October 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

US Centre in the News

With only 34 days until the US Presidential Election, Centre Director Professor Peter Trubowitz has been providing analysis and insight on the lead-up to November 8th. Watch Professor Trubowitz discuss what we could expect from the first presidential debate on BBC and USAPP, and his interview on CNBC after the debate aired.
Voter Registration Initiative at Students' Union Welcome Week 

The US Centre spoke to new students at the Welcome Week to encourage and help overseas Americans to register to vote. Thanks to all who came to speak to us! 

If you haven’t registered yet, take a look at our guide on how to register to vote absentee. Your vote matters

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

New Graduate Intern Joins US Centre Team 

Barnaby Perkes  has joined the US Centre team as a Graduate Intern. He is a recent graduate of the LSE with a BSc in Government and History and has previously worked as a research assistant for Dr Denisa Kostovicova, also at LSE, working on theories of identity in the transitional justice literature.
US Centre events 

These events are free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. 


The Visual Framing of US Presidential Elections: When Style Obscures Substance in Presidential Debates

Date: Tuesday 4 October 2016
Time:  3pm
Venue: Tower 2, Room 9.05

Nearly 60 years on from the first televised presidential debates, how candidates look and act in such competitive contexts is as important as ever. Join Erik Bucy, Marshall and Sharleen Formby Regents Professor of Strategic Communication in the Department of Advertising at Texas Tech University, who will be talking about his research into non-verbal cues in presidential debates and the 2016 presidential election.

See more here.


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.

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What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?

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

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Come Debate the Debate:
US Presidential Debate Screening and Discussion

Date: Thursday 20 October 2016
Time:  5:30-8pm
Venue: CLM.5.02, Clement House

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 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Space is limited so attendance is first come, first served. 

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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 Trubowitz, Sir Nigel Sheinwald and Justin Webb.  

This event is ticketed. Tickets will be released on November 2nd. 

See more here.

Fed Power: How Finance Wins

Date: Wednesday 16 November 2016
Time:  4pm
Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

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.

See more here.

The Yanks Are Coming! LSE in the American Century

Date: Thursday 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 8: America’s contentious and complicated criminal justice system

This episode takes us beyond the headlines to investigate what societal structures makes America’s criminal justice system so different from those of other countries, and we take a look at what role the Black Lives Matter movement plays in this contemporary debate. This episode features interviews with Nicola Lacey of LSE’s Law Department and Michael McQuarrie of LSE Sociology.

Take a listen.
The US Elections Explained: Lobbying

Dr Jordi Blanes i Vidal discusses what lobbying is and how it works in Washington DC, including the ‘revolving door’ between lobbyists and public sector workers.

Watch it here.


Extra Innings: Conspiracy theories and Donald Trump

Donald Trump has brought conspiracy theories into the mainstream political debate. We spoke with political scientist Joe Uscinski, author of American Conspiracy Theories, about what impact this has had on American politics and elections.

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.

Religion is in decline in the West, and America is no exception

The US is often taken to be a contrary case to the general decline of religion in the West. David Voas and Mark Chaves find that religiosity is in fact decreasing in the US, and for the same reason that it has been falling elsewhere. They comment that Americans are not becoming less religious over their lives; rather, the more religious generations born in the early 20th century are dying off and being replaced by newer generations that are less likely to be religious.

Hillary Clinton talks more “like a man” the more powerful she becomes

Many in the media focus less on what Hillary Clinton Says, and more on how she says it. In new research, Jennifer J. Jones looks at how Clinton’s use of language has evolved in interviews and debates over her 25-year career in politics. She finds that over time she has spoken in an increasingly masculine way. She also writes that during Clinton’s first presidential campaign in 2007, when she was trailing Barack Obama, her language became more feminine, in order to increase her likability.

Why the Republicans will retain the House in 2016…and 2018…and 2020.

At this stage of the 2016 election cycle, which party will control the White House and the US Senate come January 2017 seems to be very much up in the air. The US House of Representatives on the other hand, is almost certain to remain in the hands of the Republican Party, a situation which is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. Anthony J. McGann, Charles Anthony Smith, Michael Latner and Alex Keena argue that the GOP’s continued control of the House is down to the gerrymandering of Congressional districts by Republican-controlled state legislatures.

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