The presidential elections only come once in four years and our Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) is working overtime to provide the political expertise and coverage of this historic election -- tapping faculty expertise, predicting election results and organizing special events.
- Meet our Experts: Faculty researchers are studying the latest tools, techniques, and strategies that are making an impact in the fields of politics, communications, and advocacy.
- Media Commentary: GSPM’s faculty experts are busy commenting in the media.
- Election Predictions: The newest initiative from the PEORIA Project utilizes a one-of-a-kind projection model to predict the outcome of the 2020 Presidential Election, issuing regular predictions between now and the November election.
GSPM has also organized numerous events covering the election from the perspective of both parties. One of their signature annual events, The Frank J. Fahrenkopf & Charles T. Manatt Endowed Lecture, has taken a new virtual format with four events analyzing the most important election in recent memory.
They are taking a bipartisan approach and trying to cover the election from all angles. Join them for the final two events in the series covering the presidential and the vice presidential debates. Recordings are available for the first two of the events.
- First Event: 8/21/2020 --- Taking Back the White House: The Democrats’ Path to the Presidency
Joe Biden will officially accept the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States at a party convention unlike any our country has ever seen. What do Biden, his campaign, and the Democrats have to do in order to take the White House on Election Day? This panel of experts will take a deep dive into the strategies the Democrats should employ and the opportunities that exist on the road to Election Day. Access the recording.
- Second Event: 8/28/2020 --- Staying Power - What History Tells Us About the Race for Re-Election
President Donald Trump shocked the world with his upset victory in the 2016 election. Now he faces a different and more daunting task: convincing the American people to allow him to remain in the White House amidst a rampaging pandemic, a debilitated economy, and a social justice movement of historic proportions. In the wake of the Republican convention, our expert panel examines through the lens of history the unique challenges and built-in advantages incumbent presidents deal with on the road to re-election. Presenter panel info and recording. Access the recording.
- Third Event: 9/30/2020
The Opening Round - Analyzing the First Presidential Debate
The third installment of the Frank J. Fahrenkopf & Charles T. Manatt 2020 Election Series covers the first debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden from every angle. Our unique panel consisting of former members of Congress and University of Notre Dame students analyzes the points and counterpoints made the previous night in Cleveland and look ahead to the home stretch in the race for the White House. Register
- Fourth Event: 10/8/2020
The Doorstep of History: Analyzing the Vice Presidential Debate
Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris are set to square off in the only vice presidential debate of the 2020 election cycle. Our expert panel consisting of a former member of Congress, former government officials, and outstanding students from the University of California, Berkeley, share their key takeaways from the previous night's debate and examine the historical significance of Harris's vice presidential bid. Register
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