Sun & Star | Uninformed: Why People Seem to Know so Little about Politics and What We Can Do about It

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 (5:30 PM – 7:30 PM)
Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall (map)


Join us for a wine and cheese reception followed by a discussion with Arthur Lupia about how voters think and learn about elections.

LupiaArthur Lupia is the Hal R. Varian Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan and research professor at its Institute for Social Research. He examines how people learn about politics and policy and works with organizations around the world to improve science communication and political communication associated with improving quality of life. His newest book Uninformed: Why Citizens Know So Little About Politics and What We Can Do About It came out in 2016.

He is currently an Andrew Carnegie Fellow and serves as Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on the Application of the Social and Behavioral Science. He has been a Guggenheim fellow, is a AAAS fellow, and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His awards include the National Academy of Sciences Award for Initiatives in Research and the American Association for Public Opinion’s Warren Mitofsky Innovators Award.

MatthewWilsonDiscussant: Matthew Wilson is Director of the Center for Faith and Learning and Associate Professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, where he has taught since 1999.  His research focuses on public opinion, elections, representation, and the role of race and religion in politics, both in the United States and abroad.  He is the author, co-author, or editor of three books and several dozen articles and essays, including Understanding American Politics and Politics and Religion in the United States.  He has received research grants from the American Political Science Association, the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, and the Sam Taylor Foundation of the United Methodist Church, and his teaching has been honored with awards from the SMU Department of Residence Life and the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.  He routinely serves as a commentator on political affairs for local, national, and international media outlets.

HirokiModerator: Professor Hiroki Takeuchi is director of the Sun & Star Program on Japan and East Asia at the Tower Center. He received his B.A. of economics from Keio University in Japan, his M.A. of Asian studies from University of California at Berkeley, and his Ph.D. of political science from University of California at Los Angeles. He is currently an associate professor of political science at Southern Methodist University. Previously, he taught at UCLA as a faculty fellow of the Political Science Department and at Stanford University as a postdoctoral teaching fellow of the Public Policy Program.

Professor Takeuchi’s research and teaching interests include Chinese and Japanese politics, comparative political economy of authoritarian regimes, and international relations of East Asia, as well as applying game theory to political science.

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required.


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Sun & Star Japan and East Asia Program

The Sun & Star Japan and East Asia Program aims to increase awareness of the economic, historical, political, and social trends of Japan and East Asia that affect the future of China, Japan, Korea, East Asia, and the world, including the United States.  Through the Sun & Star Symposia and lecture series featuring scholars, practitioners, journalists, and government officials, students and other participants learn about the challenges and opportunities in each country’s domestic politics and economics, the region’s relationship with the U.S. and the Asia-Pacific, and the international relations of the globalized world.

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In collaboration with the Geurin-Pettus Program Fund