Thursday, April 22, 2004
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Come and listen to Michael Schudson discuss the peculiar institution of the American presidential primary. What is the history of these strange things and how did they get to be so important? How have they evolved into singular media events that give journalists an occasion for providing a reading of American politics and society? This journalistic reading is partly instructive, particularly about regional and demographic diversities. It is also mythological: it addresses “the grass roots,” “presidential-ness,” and other topics.
This brief opening presentation will be followed by a conversation with the audience on the role of the press in presidential election politics.