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University of Denver to host Election 2012 recap featuring nationally-known political scientists

DENVER— Leaders in the field of the study of political campaigns will provide an Election 2012 recap at a panel discussion on Friday, Nov. 9 at the University of Denver’s Craig Hall.

Matt Barreto from the University of Washington, Sunshine Hillygus from Duke University, John Sides from George Washington University and Lynn Vavreck from UCLA, will share their impressions in a discussion moderated by University of Denver political science professors Seth Masket, Peter Hanson, and Nancy Wadsworth.  The panel will compare this election to previous elections, discuss key campaign turning points, and share lessons learned.

The event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Political Science Department of the University of Denver.  It is the final panel in the University’s Debate Event Series, a year-long series of lectures, talks, performances and enrichment courses designed to enhance the community’s understanding of the political process.

What: The 2012 Election: What Happened?

Messages and Meanings of the Presidential Election


When: Friday, Nov. 9, 1-3 p.m.
  • Matt Barreto, University of Washington, founding principal of Latino Decisions, a polling firm that specializes in surveys of Latino voters.
  • Sunshine Hillygus, Duke University, specialist in micro-targeting, wedge issues, and the use of information technology in campaigns.
  • John Sides, George Washington University, founder of the political science blog The Monkey Cage.
  • Lynn Vavreck, UCLA, one of the leading voices on the study of campaign effects. She and Sides are co-authoring a book on the current election called The Gamble.


Where: Craig Hall Community Room, 2148 S. High Street, Denver
Parking: Paid metered parking is available on the ground floor of Evans Parking Structure, located at the southeast corner of Evans Avenue and High Street, with entrances off High Street and eastbound Evans Avenue.


RSVP: The event is free and open to the public.  RSVPs are being collected at


Media Coverage: Members of the media are invited to attend.  Please contact Jordan Ames, (303) 871-2781 or


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Contact:  Jordan Ames
Phone: (303) 871-2781


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