On January 21, 2016, my colleage, Dr. Michael Artime, and I delivered the first lecture out of six in the series “Who Will Win the White House?”

Video online now:  If you missed the lecture and want to try to make sense out of the 2016 presidential campaign, the video of the lecture is now available online at https://www.youtube.com/user/preshistory.  In this lecture, we discussed campaigning, fundraising, caucuses, primaries, conventions, debates, and fact-checking, from an historical perspective as well as providing a contemporary analysis of the 2016 presidential campaign – and what to expect this year.  YouTubeGraphic

Standing room only:  I was overwhelmed by the standing room only crowd of 180 people who were fully engaged with the topic and who asked great questions.  Unfortunately, we had to turn people away because of limited space.  If you plan to come to future lectures, make sure you arrive early enough to get a seat (I recommend you arrive between 6:15 pm to 6:30 pm).

Next lecture:  The next lecture is entitled “Who Wants to be President?” – a look at the experience, qualifications, temperament, character, age, health, etc. of the candidates running for president. We will also provide an update analysis of the results of the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary.  The lecture will be start at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington (McIntrye Hall room 103).  We will lecture for one hour which will be followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.  All lectures are free.

The rest of the lectures:  Here’s the schedule for the rest of the lectures:

  • Who Wants to be President? (Feb 18)
  • What do the Candidates Believe? (March 10)
  • What Voters and States Will Elect the Next President? (March 24)
  • How Accurate are the Polls? (April 14)
  • Media, Marketing, and the Making of the President (April 28)

More information:  For more information about the lectures and campaign, check out the following resources:

  • Click here for interview by the Tacoma News Tribune of Dr. Michael Artime and Mike Purdy
  • Click here for 90 second video promotional preview on the lecture series

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