Tue, November 7, 2006 • 7:00 PM • Burdine 106
Sean Theriault, assistant professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin, will monitor election night returns with students, including those enrolled in his congressional election classes. In addition, election experts and researchers will be available to provide commentary on issues such as party polarization, Latino politics and the effect of gay-marriage ballot initiatives on the elections.BACKGROUND: Theriault researches party polarization in the U.S. Congress and the differences between elected officials' goals, ideas and attitudes and those of their constituencies. In particular, he examines the ethical considerations presented when there is a disconnect between the viewpoints of constituents and their representatives. He is the author of "The Power of the People:Congressional Competition, Public Attention, and Voter Retribution."
This spring, Theriault earned the President's Associates Teaching Excellence Award. Last year, he earned the Eyes of Texas Teaching Excellence Award.
KUT will provide live coverage from the event at 10:30 p.m. and Theriault will provide election night commentary for the radio stationat 10:50 p.m.
The event is free and open to the university community.
For more information, please contact the Department of Government at 512-232-7279 or Student Government at 512-471-3166.