Get Your Politics On at TU

Fall of 2012 has brought us to another election season, and Temple University is buzzing with political energy. Voter registration and candidate information tables are seen throughout campus as politics take center stage.

A number of programs are taking place on Main Campus that will put politics in perspective. Join the Libraries on October 23 in Paley Library Lecture Hall at 2 PM for A Conversation on Elections and Electoral Politics, as we discuss the coming election with Keya Dannenbaum, the founder of, a site that translates political data into tools that help build a more informed, engaged, and effective democracy; Hal Gullan, an expert on electoral politics and author of Toomey’s Triumph—Inside a Key Senate Campaign (Temple University Press, 2012); and Robin Kolodny,  Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple.Then, on November 1 at 2:30 PM, our Chat in the Stacks series examines the racial politics of our national politics during the panel, “Race in the Race.”

Temple’s Institute for Public Affairs will also offer a series of discussions with their Campaigns and Elections Speaker Series, even after the elections have taken place. On Monday, November 12 at 1PM Jan Leighley of American University speaks on “Who Votes Now,” and Monday, December 3, Joe Bafumi of Dartmouth College addresses “Polarization and Fiscal Policy in the United States.” The Center’s talks take place in 821 Anderson Hall.

Crowd of supporters at a election campaign rally for Harry S Truman with picket signs, (linked to larger version).

President Nixon in a motorcade during a tinker tape parade, (linked to larger version).












Historical photos from Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin collection

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