Roundtable to Address the 2004 Elections

A roundtable discussion entitled “The Next Four Years: The Value Discourse in Contemporary American Politics” will address the questions and conflicts arising from the 2004 elections on Thursday, February 17 from 5–7 p.m. in Titsworth Lecture Hall. Political scholars Angelia Means and Jedediah Purdy, moderated by Sarah Lawrence faculty member David Peritz, will focus on the results of the last election, and discuss the opportunities and perils it presents in the next four years. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (914) 395-2411.

Though widely viewed as setting the course of American policy for a generation to come, the narrow results of the 2004 presidential election can be read as reflecting either the country’s deep divisions or abiding ambivalence about the choices presented. Means and Purdy will explore: Why did George Bush win and John Kerry lose?; What should we make of the large number of people who indicated that they decided primarily on the basis of a concern about “values?”; What should we expect from the next four years of national governance and electoral politics, and what can we do to influence its course?

Jedediah Purdy is the author of two books on American politics and culture entitled Being America: Liberty Commerce, and Violence in an American World, and For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today. His essays and reporting have appeared in the Atlantic, The New York Times op-ed page and book review, the American Prospect, and the Utne Reader, among others. He often comments on American politics in the German and Spanish press, and has been a commentator on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. He teaches law at Duke University and is an adjunct fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC.

Angelia Means works on issues of cultural diversity, deliberative democracy and intercultural law, and was an assistant professor of Government at Dartmouth College and clerk at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Her recent and forthcoming publications appear in such journals as Political Theory, Constellations and Tikkun, and in Human Rights in an Age of Terror (Cambridge 2005) and Citizenship, Borders, and Gender (Yale 2005).