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After a lengthy and highly contentious campaign, the United States will elect its 45th president on November 8. The following week, Dave Weigel – a political reporter for The Washington Post – will be at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as the Public Affairs Writer in Residence.
In addition to speaking with students in several classes, Weigel will discuss the historic 2016 election during two public events Tuesday, November 15. The La Follette School of Public Affairs is hosting the events as part of its outreach mission.
The first one will feature Jessie Opoien, political reporter for The Capital Times, and Weigel sharing their perspectives on the 2016 presidential campaign trail. Covering the 2016 Election: The Good, the Bad, and the Weird begins at 11 a.m. in Room 8417 in the Sewell Social Sciences building, 1180 Observatory Drive.
Later that day, UW–Madison faculty members Kathy Cramer and Mike Wagner will join Weigel and Milwaukee talk-radio host Charlie Sykes for a moderated panel discussion and question-and-answer session. Now What? The 2016 Election and its Impact begins at 4 p.m. at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street.
Cramer, a professor of political science, is director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service, and Wagner is an associate professor of Journalism and Mass Communication. Both are faculty affiliates of UW–Madison’s Elections Research Center, which is co-sponsoring the 90-minute event.
The writer-in-residence program is sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the La Follette School, and University Communications with support from the University of Wisconsin Foundation.