Election 2008 and the Future of American Politics

A Forum with Arnie Arnesen and Steffen Schmidt

Wednesday, 19 Nov 2008 at 8:00 pm – Sun Room, Memorial Union

Join Iowa Public Radio talk show personalities Steffen Schmidt and Arnie Arnesen for a public discussion on the historic November 4 elections. Share your reflections on the presidential campaigns, comments on our electoral process, and projections for the new administration, Congress, and the future of our political parties. Iowa State Political Science Professor Steffen Schmidt is perhaps best known as "Dr. Politics," the longtime commentator and cohost of WOI Radio's weekly political call-in show. He is also a CNN en Espanol election analyst. Schmidt will be joined by political commentator and former New Hampshire gubernatorial candidate Arnie Arnesen. Arnesen hosts the New Hampshire television show "Political Chowder," is a regular commentator on WBUR's "Greater Boston" with Emily Rooney and on SBS TV Australia. She is also a frequent guest with Schmidt on ," Wednesdays at noon on 640 WOI, Iowa Public Radio.

Nonperishable food items will be accepted at the door for donation to the community food bank, and there will be opportunities to show your support for Iowa Public Radio.

Cosponsored By:
  • Ames Tribune
  • Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
  • College Republicans
  • ISU Democrats
  • Political Science Club
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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