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Spotlight Series: Unpacking the Middle

April 7, 2022 @ 3:30 pm 5:00 pm

Moderated by Kevin Lindsey, Minnesota Humanities Center.

Despite consistent and widespread interest in third-party politics, recent, record-low ratings for the US Congress, and the ever-widening political chasm between the left and the right, America remains as firmly ensconced in the two-party system as ever. Often left out of the political fray are the voices, experiences, and aims of the so-called moderate middle. Who comprises this group? How do they influence American politics at levels from local to national? And what does the future portend for the role of the middle in healing our divide and possibly escaping the persistent oversimplifications that a binary system presents to US voters? Politicians and academics join the conversation sparked by these timely questions.

About the 2021-22 Spotlight Series: The University of Minnesota Spotlight Series is a collaborative partnership between the University Honors Program, Institute for Advanced Study, and Northrop, to present lectures, panel discussions, exhibits, and other events throughout the academic year around timely topics of interest. The six-part 2021-22 series, hosted in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center, focuses on patriotism, public service, and civic engagement. The moderator for all six events will be Kevin Lindsey, CEO of Minnesota Humanities Center. All events are Thursdays 3:30-5:00 pm and may be attended in Northrop’s Best Buy Theater or online via Zoom. Q&A sessions will follow each event.


April 7, 2022
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
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