Road to Election Day: David Domke to give 12-part lecture series on 2016 and the Presidency

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The UWAA and Department of Communication are proud to present America in Transformation: 2016 and the Presidency, a year-long 12-part series featuring real-time insight and historical context from Department of Communication professor and chair David Domke.

In our current Presidential election, changing demographics, emerging technologies and conflicting ideologies have increased tensions between those who believe the country has gone too far and those who believe we haven’t gone far enough. We’ve seen periods like this before — and history tells us the results are profound.

This series dissects the issues and events as they unfold, from the primaries to the party conventions to the final moments of the campaign, wrapping up with a recap after the ballots have been cast and the president-elect awaits inauguration.

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Winter 2016 lectures:
Jan. 4, 18 & Feb. 1, 15, 22, 2016
Winter lectures begin at 7:30 p.m.

Watch Online
Due to the unprecedented demand for the sold-out America in Transformation series, we are offering free live streaming and downloads for all lectures.
Proceeds from series passes go to support student scholarships in the Department of Communication. We invite those watching online to contribute, too. You can make a gift here.

Ohio Primary Bonus Event
A special evening of analysis and reflection on the Ohio Presidential Primary.
March 15, 2016; 7 p.m.
$20 suggested donation, cash or check made to the order of UW Department of Communication.

Summer 2016 national conventions viewing events:
July 21 & 28, 2016.
Summer events begin at 6 p.m.

Fall 2016 lectures:
Sept. 15, 29, Oct. 13, 27 & Nov. 10, 2016
Fall lectures begin at 7:30 p.m.


Purchasing a series pass

The series opens in January 2016 with five lectures that give an overview of the current period of transformation and how it intersects with the electoral process. Domke’s analysis continues in the summer with the Democratic and Republican national conventions, concluding in fall 2016 with five lectures outlining the final, dramatic moments of the Presidential campaign.

Series Super Pack *SOLD OUT*
Want to attend the whole series? The Super Pack ensures guaranteed admission to all events, with savings of $10 per lecture.
General admission: $250
UWAA/UWRA members: $200
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Summer/Fall Pass registration opens on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.
Summer/Fall Pass general admission: $150
Summer/Fall Pass UWAA/UWRA members: $125
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Walk-up admission
Admission to individual America in Transformation events is also available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note that space for walk-up admission is limited.
Individual lectures general admission: $35
Individual lectures UWAA/UWRA: $30


Domke-HeadshotDavid Domke is a professor and chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. He worked as a journalist for several newspapers in the 1980s and early 1990s, including the Orange County Register and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, before earning a Ph.D. in 1996. He is the author of two books, and his research and teaching he focuses on issues of racial and religious identity in American politics. In the past two years he has begun to lead weeklong civil rights pilgrimages of students and community adults to the US South. These inter-generational and inter-racial experiences are done in partnership with Bellevue College, UW alumni and UW students, faculty and staff. In 2002 he received the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s highest honor for teaching. In 2006, he was named the Washington state Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2008 he was selected as the favorite professor of the UW graduating class, and in 2015 he was selected as the University’s Freshman Convocation keynote speaker.

Questions? Contact UWAA: 206-543-0540, uwalumni@uw.edu