On Thursday, Nov. 8, just two days after the presidential election, Daniel Kreiss will discuss politics over pizza in Alumni Recitation Hall, Room 302 at 6 p.m. The title of his talk is, "Networked Politics from Howard Dean to Barack Obama and the 2012 Elections." This event is open to the public and all members of the Grinnell College community. Dinner will be served.
Daniel Kreiss, assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will draw from open-ended interviews with more than 60 political staffers, accounts of practitioners, and fieldwork to present the previously untold history of the uptake of new media in Democratic electoral campaigning from 2000 to 2012. The goal, as stated by Kreiss, is to discuss "the relationship between technological change and democratic practice, showing how from Howard Dean to Barack Obama new media have provided campaigns with new ways to find and engage supporters, to run their internal operations, and to translate the energy and enthusiasm generated by candidates and political opportunities into the staple resources of American electioneering."
Kreiss recently published a book titled "Taking Our Country Back: The Crafting of Networked Politics From Howard Dean to Barack Obama," in which he asks how technologies have impacted opportunities for participation in electoral politics and civic affairs, whether or not new media technologies shape or are shaped by the actors in the public sphere, and how forms of social organization made possible by new media rework our understandings and expectations of the state, law, and politics.
Alumni Recitation Hall is located at 1226 Park St. on the Grinnell College campus. Grinnell welcomes the participation of people with disabilities. Information on parking and accessibility is available on the college website. Accommodation requests may be made to Conference Operations at 641-269-3235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.