Event to discuss the 2016 Presidential Election and political divisions in the United States

A visiting professor from the United States will be discussing the 2016 US Presidential Election and the politically polarised state of the country during a free public lecture on Monday 24 October.

The lecture, ‘Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America and the 2016 Presidential Election’, which is organised by the Centre for American Studies, will be delivered by Professor James Campbell from the University of Buffalo, who will provide a historically grounded perspective on the political polarisation of America, documenting how and why it happened.

The event is the 15th Annual American Studies Lecture and is supported by the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) and the U.S Embassy in London.

Dr Andrew Johnstone from the University of Leicester Centre for American Studies said: “This is the fifteenth in a series of high-profile annual lectures hosted by the Centre for American Studies at the University of Leicester. We are thrilled to have secured Professor James E. Campbell to analyse this year’s U.S. presidential election in the light of his latest publication, Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America.

“Given the huge amount of interest in the forthcoming election, we are sure this lecture will be of great interest not just to American Studies students, but to students, academics and interested parties from across the campus and beyond.”

The free public lecture ‘Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America and the 2016 Presidential Election’ takes place on Monday 24 October at 5:30PM in the Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 1 at the University of Leicester and will be followed by a Q&A session and a drinks reception. 

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