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Suburban Swing Voters in 2018

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Amid a climate of increasing political polarization and with the midterm elections fast approaching, Hofstra University on Tuesday, April 17 will sponsor a day-long series of discussions about a decisive constituency: suburban voters.  The Uncertain Suburbs: Trump, Congress, and Swing Voters, co-sponsored by the Peter S. Kalkow Center for the Study of the American Presidency and the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®, will examine what motivates suburban voters, as well as how hot-button issues ranging from immigration reform to environmental policy will affect the upcoming elections.

Schedule of panels:

9:30-11 a.m.: State of Suburban Politics in 2018

Suburban voters are a key constituency in U.S. politics, and recent special election results indicate that they may be decisive in the upcoming midterm elections. What issues motivate them, and are they changing? How do we see parties and candidates appealing to the suburbs in this election cycle, and are their efforts likely to succeed?

Location: Student Center Theater, Mack Student Center

Panelists:

Howard B. Dean III, Senior Presidential Fellow
Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency at Hofstra University
Chairman, Democratic National Committee, 2005-2009

Edward J. Rollins, Senior Presidential Fellow
Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency at Hofstra University
Political Strategist

Moderators:

Meena Bose, Executive Dean for Public Policy and Public Service Programs
Director, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies
Professor of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Hofstra University

Lawrence Levy, Executive Dean, National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®

Christopher W. Niedt, Associate Professor of Applied Social Research, Department of Sociology, Hofstra University; Academic Director, National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®

12:15-1:10 p.m.: Immigration Policy in the Suburbs

Immigration policy has been a focal point for public debate since the beginning of the Trump presidency. These policies increasingly affect the suburbs, which have now serve as the gateways for many immigrant groups. How have executive actions, failed congressional negotiations, and the uncertain status of “sanctuary” cities and suburbs affected the lives of immigrants? How are immigrant advocates responding to this uncertain environment?

Location: Multipurpose Room West, Mack Student Center

Panelists:

Walter Barrientos, Lead Organizer, Make the Road New York

Lauris Wren, Immigration Law Clinic – Maurice Deane School of Law, Hofstra University

Moderator:

Mario Murillo, Department of Radio, Television, and Film, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Hofstra University

 1:15-2:10 p.m.: Environmental Policy and the Suburbs

In the past year, shifts in federal environmental policy and regulation have been significant, yet often overlooked. While the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement received widespread media coverage — and criticism from the international community — others changes in areas such as clean water and environmental justice have garnered far less attention. What challenges or unexpected opportunities might these changes present for sustainability in the suburbs? Can local, regional, and state action provide leadership in the absence of federal support?

Location: Multipurpose Room West, Mack Student Center

Panelists:

Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Erika Hill, Director of Programs and Community Engagement, Nassau County Comptroller

Jack Schnirman, Nassau County Comptroller

Moderator:

Sandra Garren, Director of Sustainability Research, National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, Assistant Professor, Department of Department of Geology, Environment and Sustainability

 

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