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Take your pick: 2000, 2008, 2016, it seems as though nearly every recent US Presidential Election is new, unprecedented in some way, shape, or form. The polls, the 24-hour news cycle, the parties, the candidates themselves, have all played a role in the often fraught unconventionality of these election years.

Certainly, the 2016 election—no matter your view—was distinct and charged, and as the current presidential term winds down amidst a global pandemic and economic crisis, one can’t help but wonder about the country’s 59th quadrennial election.

Come November and this edition of Headliners, the 2020 election will have taken place and all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, 35 of the 100 seats in the US Senate, and the office of president of the United States will have been contested and decided. (We think.) Your guess is as good as ours as to what the post-election terrain will look like.

Join us—post-vote—on November 5, when political scientist Dr. Kathryn Pearson will help us gather our collective senses and better understand where we’ve been, where we’re headed, and the election’s implications for governing in the years to come.

Kathryn Pearson, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, where her research focuses on the United States Congress, congressional elections, political parties, and women and politics. Some of this research has appeared in The Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and Politics & Gender, as well as in chapters for several books.

Her book, Party Discipline in the House of Representatives (University of Michigan Press, 2015), is an extension of her dissertation, which received the APSA Legislative Studies Section's Carl Albert Award for the best doctoral dissertation in the area of legislative studies.

She is currently working on a new book, Gendered Partisanship in the House of Representatives, which analyzes congresswomen's pursuit of power in a partisan era. From 1993–1998, Pearson worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant for two members of Congress, and in 2002–2003, she was a Research Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is the recipient of the University of Minnesota’s Morse Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

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Headliners takes place monthly, October through May (no event in January). Dates for the 2020−21 season are October 1, November 5, December 3, February 4, March 4, April 1, and May 6. Individual event tickets are $20. Subscribe to the series by October 1 and get tickets to all seven events for $90. (A savings of $50!).

This fall (October/November/December), in a reluctant but steadfast nod to social distancing, we'll be offering Headliners online via Zoom. Spring 2021 locations TBD.

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