Tuesday, June 7, 2016
We are pleased to present our June 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

Professor Kimberle Crenshaw on 'Race, Reform, and the New Retrenchment' 

Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California Los Angeles and the Columbia School of Law, spoke at the LSE on May 11th. Addressing a full Old Theatre audience, Professor Crenshaw discussed affirmative action, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the colourblind framing of racial inequality while challenging the notion that the election of Barack Obama signaled a new era on race relations in the US.

Take a look at photos or the Storify of the event and listen to the podcast here.


'Is Obama a Transformative President?' Jeffrey Tulis at LSE

Jeffrey Tulis, author of The Rhetorical Presidency and professor at The University of Texas at Austin, spoke in a lunchtime seminar entitled ‘Is Obama a Transformative President?’ The event was jointly hosted by the US Centre, the Dahrendorf Forum and LSE IDEAS.

Stay tuned for a Ballpark podcast recording of Professor Tulis’ talk. 

Register to vote from abroad

The US Centre has launched a voter registration drive to ensure that all eligible American citizens in the LSE community are aware of their right to vote from abroad and are informed on how they can do so.

Take a look at our guide on how to register to vote absentee or the USAPP article on the importance of requesting an absentee ballot. 
US Centre events 

We’re hard at work organizing our upcoming events for Michaelmas Term. Check our Facebook and Twitter pages or watch our website for more updates on upcoming US Centre events.

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 5: Whats a political poll got to do with it?

What can political polling tell us about democratic participation, public policy, and political priorities? This episode features interviews with Larry Jacobs, Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota; Daniel Laurison, Research Fellow in the Sociology Department at LSE; Jamie Weinstein, Editor of the Daily Caller and LSE alum Lauren Maffeo.

Take a listen

Episode 4: The Almighty Dollar

This episode of The Ballpark, we take a  look at the almighty dollar and decipher US monetary policy, central banking, and exchange rates. This episode features interviews Jeff Frieden, Professor of Government at Harvard University, Gianluca Benigno, Professor of Economics at the LSE, and Chris Parkes, Post-Doctoral Fellow at the LSE.

Take a listen

The US Elections Explained: The Two Party System

Dr Nick Anstead discusses the history, evolution and the potential future of the two party system in American politics.

Watch it here

The US Elections Explained: The Nomination Process

Dr Derek Valles discusses how the American political primary and presidential nomination systems work, and their history.

Watch it here
Most popular posts on the US Centre blog

The Centre's USAPP blog posts at least two articles every weekday, American politics blog round ups every Friday and Saturday, and academic book reviews on Sundays.

How political scientists got Trump exactly wrong

Lloyd Gruber describes just how wrong political scientists were about Trump, and explains why they should have been able to predict his success. Looking ahead to the fall general election, he questions whether voters will want Trump’s trigger-happy fingers on America’s nuclear button and suggests the remoteness of a Trump presidency is what had made it safe for primary voters to support him.

Obama’s visit to Hiroshima is viewed as “a sort of” apology by the people of Japan.

Atsushi Tago and Kazunori Inamasu conducted a Japan-wide survey and a survey of Hiroshima residents. They found evidence that while neither the people of Hiroshima nor the Japanese public more generally are looking for an apology from Obama, even without a formal statement of apology, his visit is still seen to be “a sort of apology”.

Why are there more and more guns in America? Blame Fox News

Dan Cassino examines the role of the news media – specifically Fox and network news, in driving Americans’ fears about gun control. He finds that while mass shootings do lead to an increase in gun sales – as measured by the number of background checks – coverage of gun control measures by Fox leads to far more. 

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