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About This Event


From the Iowa caucus to Inauguration Day, in presidential elections the game of politics captivates America. The final scoreboard is produced by voters on Election Day, but the race is scored each day with the release of new national and swing state polls. With each fresh polling result, one side rejoices while the other looks to discredit its methods. Partisanship is the force that determines which side of that debate one is on and it is partisanship that turns politics into sport. It's us versus them. The 2012 Bulen Symposium on American Politics promises to bring many and varied perspectives on the game of politics.

9:00 am Welcome

        William Blomquist

        Dean, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, Professor of Political Science

9:10 am Morning Keynote Address

        Anne Hathaway

        President, Hathaway Strategies

        Program Director, 2012 Republican National  Convention

10:00 am Media Panel

        Amos Brown, Host, Afternoons with Amos

        Jim Shella, Political Report, WISH TV, Host, Indiana Review

        Mary Beth Schneider, State Government and Political Reporter, The Indianapolis Star

11:15 am "Voting in an Era of Polarization: The 2012 Elections and Beyond"

         Alan I. Abramowitz, Alben W. Barkely Professor of Political Science, Emory University

12:00 pm Lunch

1:15 pm Afternoon Keynote Address

         Greg Ballard, Mayor, Indianapolis, Indiana

2:00 pm State of the Party

         Eric Holcomb, State Chair, Indiana Republican Party

         Daniel Parker, State Chair, Indiana Democratic Party

Registration fee: Free for IUPUI Students, for all others $35 -- includes lunch and all sessions Register by Wednesday, November 21, 2012 or check in for last minute game-changers at

Since 1998, the Bulen Symposium has been a premier forum for discussion of America's political parties and other issues relating to our political system. The symposium, named in memory of party activist and local leader L. Keith Bulen, takes place on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) every other year following national elections.

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