Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
We are pleased to present our April 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.
Upcoming 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. Stay informed on upcoming events by checking our website or subscribing to our events page on Facebook.

The First 100 Days: Taking Stock of the Trump Presidency

Date: Wednesday 26 April, 2017
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Join the US Centre for a roundtable debate about the 45th US President's first 100 days in office. A panel of academics and journalists will discuss the new Trump administration's policies and, the international implications of the current US political landscape. Speakers for this event will include Professor Charlie Beckett, Professor Peter Trubowitz, Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Professor Joan C. Williams and Gideon Rachman

Connect with this event on Facebook.
See more here.

The Politics of Resentment in the 2016 US Presidential Election

Date: Tuesday 2 May 2017
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Katherine J. Cramer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, will explore how rural American resentment towards cities and the urban elite can provide fertile ground for right-leaning candidates to win elections, and the implications of this on contemporary politics in the US and beyond.

See more here.

The US Centre in the News

Trump, wiretapping and healthcare 

Both our Centre Director and Managing Blog Editor have made various media appearances this month, reflecting on President Trump's accusations of wiretapping by former President Obama, as well as his address to Congress and the state of the GOP healthcare reform bill. 

Click the following links to watch our Centre Director Peter Trubowitz discussing Trump's address to Congress on CNBC, and discussing both his accusations of wiretapping and the GOP's healthcare bill on CNN.

Click the following links to listen to our Managing USAPP Blog Editor Chris Gilson discussing Trump's accusations of wiretapping and his address to Congress.

You can keep up to date with the Centre's media commentary and appearances by following our Facebook page and our Twitter page.

March events 
The US Centre has hosted several public events this past month.

Clockwise from left:

The US Centre's Dr Nicholas Kitchen and LSE Government Fellow Dr Alexandra Cirone were joined by former US Congressmen Randy Neugebauer (R) and Vic Fazio (D), as they discussed President Trump and the Republican Congress 
as part of the Congress to Campus speaker series. The congressmen touched on the biggest challenges each other's party faced in the near future, as well as on their personal experiences in Congress and how their careers led them to political office. See more photos from the event here.

Charles Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University and former Clinton and Obama advisor on European Affairs, came to LSE to deliver his talk 'From Obama to Trump: What's Next for US Foreign Policy'. The US Centre also collaborated with the LSESU Grimshaw Club to host a career development workshop and Q&A with Professor Kupchan, (pictured) where he discussed his career trajectory and experiences in both academia and policy. Take a look at the Storify and listen to the podcast of the lecture.

Neil Foley, the Robert and Nancy Dedman Professor of History at Southern Methodist University, came to LSE to give a talk entitled 'Anxiety, Fear, and National Identity: Anti-Immigration Politics and the Rise of Latino Power in the US'. He offered a timely reflection on the impact of changing demographics in America, and offered insight into the future impact of further reshaping of the American people. Take a look at the Storify of the event here. Photos taken during the event can be found here.

Tali Mendelberg, Professor of Politics at Princeton University, delivered a lecture asking 'Do American Universities Promote Income Inequality?'. In exploring the impacts of socialisation among affluent college students, Professor Mendelberg explained how their changed attitudes lead them to support more fiscally conservative economic policies, and subsequently impact inequality in society itself. Take a look at the Storify of the event here. Photos taken during the event can be found 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.  

Season 2: Episode 1 is out!

With Season 2 of the Ballpark podcast officially begun, why not take a listen to our first episode? Focusing on populism, its impact on the American political landscape and its history in the US, we hosted Professor Eric Kaufmann of Birkbeck, University of London and LSE Fellow Brian Klaas for our first episode.

Listen to it here.
What's coming up this season?

If episode 1 isn't enough Ballpark for you, have a listen to the Season 2 teaser which includes snippets from upcoming episodes! If you're a first-time listener, we hope this teaser gives you a good flavour of the Ballpark.

Listen to it here.

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.

Parties are more likely to form coalitions with groups that are like them and show loyalty, but not those that are rich.  

Forming coalitions with interested groups is an integral part of the American political system. But how do parties decide who to include in their coalition? In new research which uses the transcripts of Democratic Party policy platform hearings, Jennifer Nicoll Victor finds that groups which are closer to the party ideologically, and who show loyalty, are more likely to be brought into the Democrats’ coalition.

How the Resist Trump movement could transform into the Tea Party of the left

Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States has sparked waves of mass protests against his administration as well as the disruption of many legislators’ town hall meetings. Melissa Deckman draws the parallels between the current emerging Resist Trump movement and 2009’s Tea Party protests against President Obama. She writes that while this new movement appears to have far more support than the Tea Party ever did, it faces significant challenges in translating this into significant electoral victories.

How families from gentrifying neighborhoods can help break the cycle of school segregation

Those who traditionally attend racially similar schools tend to seek out a similar environment for their own children, a trend which can reinforce school segregation. Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Stefani Thachik and Kim Bridges have studied families in a gentrifying neighborhood, finding that many who came from privileged backgrounds wished to send their own children to public schools and to invest in them in order to demonstrate their commitment to the neighborhood. 

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