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Austin Seyb Lecture


Skidmore - Austin, TX
Ron Seyb lecture & reception
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
At the home of Alexis Reynolds '03 & Tyler Bleau
9703 Dalewood Drive | Austin, Texas 78729
$15 per person (includes lecture and reception) 
$10 special young alumni pricing (2004-2013)
Please register by April 3, 2014.
For questions, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs at 518-580-5610.

Join Skidmore Associate Professor of Government, Dr. Ronald Seyb, for an intriguing lecture on the upcoming midterm elections. Ever since President Richard Nixon used a variety of "techniques" to ensure that he would run for re-election in 1972 against George McGovern, the use of the term "clearing the field" to denote efforts by political elites to manipulate the nomination process to their advantage has become a familiar feature of American political discourse.  The rise of the Tea Party movement and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, however, has given new vigor to efforts by the so-called establishments of both parties to make sure that "radical" candidates do not win primary elections.  While Karl Rove's "Conservative Victory Project" is the most visible of these efforts to "clear the field" of, in this case, Tea Party activists, there is also evidence that many Democratic Party officials and officeholders are concerned that progressive candidates could cost the party seats in competitive congressional races in 2014.  The two parties' efforts to channel resources to moderate candidates raise important questions about the relationship between participatory democracy and governance.  This talk will address one dimension of this debate:  Is the primary system and the partisan polarization it ostensibly spawns the principal cause of the dysfunction in Washington, and, if it is, then is the proper remedy to allow political elites to select candidates that may appeal to "the median voter" but may not excite the parties' most passionate, committed supporters? After the lecture enjoy the company of Ron Seyb and fellow Skiddies at a reception.

The home of Alexis Reynolds '03 & Tyler Bleau
9703 Dalewood Drive | Austin, Texas 78729


From Mopac (Loop 1):
Take Mopac (Loop 1) north
Take 734/Parmer Lane exit and take a left at the stoplight onto Parmer Lane
Continue for approximately 4 miles and take a left at Anderson Mill Road
After 1.5 miles, turn right onto Sherbourne Street
Take the second left onto Shady Oaks Drive
Take the first right onto Springvale Drive
Springvale Drive turns left and becomes Dalewood Drive
Continue straight after the stop sign
House is the second to last house on the left with the bright blue door and two large trees in the front

From IH-35:
Take IH 35 north
Take US 183/Research Blvd exit and head north on US 183
Take Mopac (Loop 1) exit and veer right to head north on Mopac (Loop 1)
Follow directions noted above

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