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Conference planned on political polarization, Dec. 3-4

Has the American political system become increasingly polarized, or is the claim that the United States has become a 50-50 nation of blue states and red states overstated? "The Polarization of American Politics: Myth or Reality?" will be the topic of a conference Friday and Saturday, Dec. 3-4, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The conference will bring together a wide array of past and present members of Congress, national journalists and academic specialists on public opinion and electoral behavior for two days of give-and-take discussion. Sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Included will be sessions on trends in polarization, on divisions in the electorate and in Washington, and on the cause and consequences of polarization and its possible remedies. The conference is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School's Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and the Program in Leadership Studies. The full program is available on the center's Web site .

Contact: Tom Bartus(609) 258-3601

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