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McCarty to deliver President's Lecture on political polarization

Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, 4:30 p.m. McCosh Hall, Room 10

Princeton political scholar Nolan McCarty will speak on "The Polarization of American Politics" in the next installment of the President's Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in McCosh Hall, Room 10.

McCarty will present research on congressional behavior over the past 150 years to show that American politics has become more partisan and divisive than in the past. He also will explore the causes of rising polarization.

McCarty is the Susan Dod Brown Professor of Politics and Public Affairs and associate dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He is the author (with Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal) of "Polarized America: The Dance of Ideology and Unequal Riches."

Virginia Zakian, Princeton's Harry C. Wiess Professor in the Life Sciences, will present the final President's Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, in the Friend Center, Room 101. The lecture series was started by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2001 to bring together faculty members from different disciplines to learn about the work others are doing in a variety of fields. The talks will be webcast; viewing information will be available on the Webmedia site.

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