Our Constitutional Democracy: Robust Debate or Partisan Paralysis?
Tuesday, September 13, 2011, Noon - UIS, Public Affair Center Lobby - Free and Open to the Public
President Obama led the passage of the national health care act. That was followed by a change in control of the U.S. House. Now the government is gridlocked and we are struggling with joblessness. Is it time for Constitutional change?
Hear NPR "political junkie" Ken Rudin's insight on the current political climate and the 2012 election cycle. Join this special UIS/ECCE Constitution Day discussion. Become a more informed voter.
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Rudin will deliver his current perspective on the workings of U.S. politics and government. WUIS' Bill Wheelhouse will moderate questions from students and public attendees regarding the 2012 elections, the U.S. political landscape and the Constitution's role in the current state of the nation.
Bring your brown bag lunch.
Latest Stories from Ken:
- Have The Media Already Decided The GOP Race? And Can The Dems Lose NY 09? (September 12, 2011)
- The GOP Race Begins Now (September 7, 2011)
Biography: Ken Rudin is NPR's Political Junkie. For most of the past 20 years, Rudin has been the eyes and ears of political coverage as political editor. Rudin focuses on all aspects of politics, from presidential elections with the primaries, national conventions, debates and general election, to the races for the House, Senate and state governors. He has analyzed every congressional race in the nation since 1984.
In 2011, Rudin added to his duties by becoming part of the network's StateImpact project. This local-national journalism initiative will add editorial resources and reporters to NPR member stations in all 50 states, to better inform the public about the impact that the actions of state governments has on citizens and communities. Rudin mentors and advises these reporters on covering the effects politics and politicians have on people.
In addition to his role with StateImpact, Rudin continues to contribute NPR's political coverage. In the "It's All Politics" blog on NPR.org, Rudin delves into campaign history, strategy and trivia, including the popular ScuttleButton contest.
Rudin was a key player on the NPR team that won the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton award for excellence in broadcast journalism in 2002 for coverage of campaign finance.
From 1983 through 1991, Rudin worked at ABC News, serving first as deputy political director and later as the off-air Capitol Hill reporter covering the House. He first joined NPR in 1991, as its first political editor. Rudin returned to NPR in 1998, after a three-year absence during which he was the managing editor of the Hotline, a daily political newsletter. He also wrote the "Political Graffiti" column for The Hill, a newspaper covering Capitol Hill.
A political junkie for many decades, Rudin has one of the most extensive collections of campaign buttons in the country, a collection that now surpasses 70,000 items. Rudin is a graduate of Pace University in New York.
WUIS Cornerstone Society Members: A special evening to welcome Ken Rudin to Springfield will be held Monday, September 12, at 6:30 p.m. R-S-V-P today.