Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
We are pleased to present our November 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 were very pleased to take part in the LSE Global Forum in Washington DC on October 28th. 
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the U.S. received an Honorary Doctorate from the School. Audience members enjoyed a keynote speech from Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and LSE alum. Our Centre Director, Professor Peter Trubowitz, participated in a panel on the upcoming election with LSE Director Professor Julia Black; Professor Stephanie Rickard of the Government Department; David Rennie, Washington bureau chief and Lexington columnist of The Economist; and Linda Yueh, academic and journalist.
Photos of the event can be found here
Calling All First Time Voters!

The Electoral Psychology Initiative at LSE is interested in hearing from people who have voted for the first time in the 2016 General Election. The researchers would like you to hear about how you felt about that new right, how you prepared for it, how you feel when you are at the polling station, etc. They have run versions of this survey in the UK, France and South Africa and they are keen to hear from those who have voted for their first time in the US. 

Please do complete this short survey

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


Clockwise from left: 
Erik Bucy, Texas Tech University, discussed “The Visual Framing of US Presidential Elections: When Style Obscures Substance in Presidential Debates”, revealing that how candidates behaved is at least as consequential to the average viewer - or more - than the content of what is said. See photos of the event. 

Marc Hetherington, Vanderbilt University, addressed polarisation and gridlock in Congress in his lecture “Why Washington Won't Work” delivered to a full Hong Kong Theatre. 
Take a look at the Storify of our tweets on the night and Professor Hetherington’s lecture presentation and listen to the podcast of the lecture.

Thomas Frank, author of the book Listen Liberal, looked at 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, in his lecture “What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?
Take a look at the Storify and and listen to the podcast of the lecture.

US Centre Director, Peter Trubowitz, addressed students before our screening of the final presidential debate in our ‘Debate the Debate’ event where students shared their impressions, questions and concerns regarding this unprecedented election.

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.

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. Check the LSE Listings website for more information on how to get tickets. 

Connect with this event on Facebook.
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.

Connect with this event on Facebook
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.  

The US Elections Explained: Trade Policy

Dr Julia Gray discusses what trade deals are, their recent history, and who benefits and who loses from them in the economy.

Watch it here.
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.


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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.

A ‘basket of deplorables’? A new study finds that Trump supporters are more likely to be Islamophobic, racist, transphobic and homophobic.

Last month Hillary Clinton stepped into controversy when she described ‘half’ of Donald Trump’s supporters as a ‘basket of deplorables’. In a new study, Karen L. Blair looks at how Clinton and Trump voters’ attitudes on themes such as sexism, authoritarianism and Islamophobia differ. 

In Arizona’s Senate race, a long-term incumbent faces a rising national tide.

John McCain has been one of the Grand Canyon state’s US Senators for nearly three decades. But will he be dragged out of office by Donald Trump’s falling national popularity? As part of our series covering key Senate races in the 2016 election Barbara Norrander writes that in the Arizona race, McCain’s challenger, Ann Kirkpatrick – though behind in the polls – could benefit if Republicans are unwilling to vote for Donald Trump stay at home in November or if there is a surge in Latino voters.

Demolition-only urban policy leads to economic and social isolation.

The past two years have seen more than 10,000 homes demolished in Detroit, Michigan. Such demolition policies which have no follow-up plans for development have gone from being controversial to the norm. In new research, Jason Hackworth questions the logic and practice of these policies, finding that the neighborhoods which have had the most demolitions are more economically and socially isolated than they were in 1970. 

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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