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Historic Firsts: How Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Polit

Monday, October 5, 2015
12:15pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Oak Hall Room 438

Abstract: In her newest book, Evelyn M. Simien argues that voters from various racial, ethnic, and gender groups take pride in and derive psychic benefit from historic candidacies. They make linkages between the candidates in question and their own understanding of representation. These linkages act to mobilize citizens to vote and become actively involved in campaigns.

Speaker Biography: Evelyn M. Simien is Associate Professor of Political Science, jointly appointed with the Africana Studies Institute. She has served as Associate Editor of Polity and as an elected member of the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association. She is the author or editor of three books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She teaches Black Leadership & Civil Rights, Black Feminist Theory & Politics, Women & the Civil Rights Movement, and African American Politics.


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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (primary), Africana Studies Institute, Political Science, UConn Master Calendar

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