Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
We are pleased to present our February 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

New connections with PhD students

Many thanks to all those that attended our PhD student network event. It was a fantastic opportunity to engage with PhD students and identify possibilities for future collaboration and research. If you’re a PhD Student who missed out on the event, send us an e-mail and we can send you some information. 
US Centre In the News

Centre Director, Professor Peter Trubowitz, has been providing analysis and insight on recent developments in US politics since the beginning of this year. Watch Professor Trubowitz discuss Obama’s legacy and the claims of Trump’s relationship with Putin on CNBC, President Trump’s inauguration on NPR, his repeal of many of Obama’s policies on Al Jazeera, and Theresa May’s visit to the Oval Office on BBC Radio London. Our Managing Editor of the USAPP blog, Chris Gilson, discussed Trump’s immigration order on Share Radio UK
Come to a US Centre event 

These events are free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. Stay informed on upcoming events by checking our website or subscribing to our events page on Facebook.

The Fractured American Republic and the Possibilities for Political Renewal

Date: Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Time:  7-8.30pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Presented as part of the 2017 LSE Literary Festival, join us for Yuval Levin’s book talk on his recent publication, The Fractured Republic. Levin will discuss how US politics are failing 21st-century Americans as both parties are blind to how America has changed over the past half century and why the dysfunctions of the nation's fragmented national life will need to be answered by the strengths of its decentralized, diverse, dynamic character.

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Free E-tickets are available here

From Obama to Trump: What’s Next for US Foreign Policy

Date: Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

Charles Kupchan explores how America’s international priorities and policies will be affected by the new administration.

Kupchan is Professor of International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University. He is also Whitney H. Shepardson Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and was Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council during the first Clinton administration.

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Anxiety, Fear, and National Identity: Anti-Immigration Politics and the Rise of Latino Power in the US

Date: Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Neil Foley explores how the surge in immigration since the 1970s has led to increasing levels of xenophobia resulting in anti-immigrant politics and policies, including militarization of the border, state laws curtailing rights of undocumented immigrants, mass detention and deportation, the building of a 700-mile border fence in 2006, and Donald Trump’s recent promise to build a wall along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico. With over a million U.S.-born Latinos turning 18 years of age every year and therefore eligible to vote, many aging whites wonder if American can ever be ‘great again.’

Foley is the Robert and Nancy Dedman Endowed Chair in History at Southern Methodist University.  He the author of Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity and Mexicans and the Making of America, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2015

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Do American Universities Promote Income Inequality?

Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Affluent Americans support more conservative economic policies than the non-affluent, and government responds disproportionately to these views. Yet little is known about the emergence of these consequential views which are partly traceable to socialization that occurs on predominately affluent college campuses, especially those with norms of financial gain and especially among socially embedded students. In effect, ‘the affluent campus effect’ illustrates how college socialization partly explains why affluent Americans support economically conservative policies.

Tali Mendelberg is a professor at Princeton University and author of several award-winning books including The Race Card: Campaign Strategy, Implicit Messages, and the Norm of Equality and The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation and Institutions.

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Student Spotlight

Congress to Campus
President Trump and the Republican Congress: Prospects under the new Administration


Date: Monday, 6 March 2017
Time:  1.30-3pm
Venue: Vera Anstley Room, Old Building

Join us for a conversation with LSE faculty and former members of the US Congress!  The new US Administration has elements that are perhaps unique in American history, and Republicans are in the rare position of controlling both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.  The Democrats have much to consider as they re-group both inside the Beltway and around the nation.  Former Members of the US House of Representatives from both the Republican and Democratic parties will discuss their thoughts on the altered political landscape of the US and its implications abroad.

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Have coffee with Professor Charles Kupchan

Date: Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Time:  12.30-2pm
Venue: Tower 2, Room 9.04, LSE Campus

Join the LSE US Centre and the LSESU Grimshaw Club in a career development workshop where Professor Kupchan will discuss his experiences and answer questions on entering the field of International Relations. Charles Kupchan is Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council.

Refreshments will be provided.

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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.  

Coming Soon: Season Two

We are very pleased to announce that we have been funded by LSE’s Annual Fund for a second season of The Ballpark! Stay tuned to our Twitter page for more updates or take a look at our episodes and Extra Innings from Season One.
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.

How Big Data can expose a nascent White (House) Nationalism

Aaron Slodounik argues for a new way to predict Trump’s intent: examine his written and verbal statements as a dataset using the same method that was applied to Hillary Clinton’s emails. 

Trump is redefining America’s terms of international engagement

US Centre Director Peter Trubowitz writes that Trump’s choices show that he is making good on his campaign promise to shake up Washington. By choosing “America Firsters”, Trump seeks a foreign policy strategy that fully exploits US strategic advantage, at least in the short run.

It’s even worse than the news about North Carolina: American elections rank last among all Western democracies 

Pippa Norris, Director of the EIP project, explains how perceptions of electoral integrity in 50 US states and worldwide were assessed by political scientists. 

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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