The 2018 Elections: Hyper-Partisanship and Political Turmoil | Newberry

The 2018 Elections: Hyper-Partisanship and Political Turmoil

Friday, November 2, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Wayne Steger, DePaul University
Full. Waitlist only.
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The last 25 years have witnessed growing partisan polarization and intensifying party conflict. Some evidence indicates that partisanship has supplanted race as the main social cleavage in America. Anecdotally, we see it as people de-friend and block each other on social media. This session will focus first on political polarization and main factors contributing to political polarization: increasing economic inequality and the growing divisions along educational and geographic lines that impact social identity, culture, and political preferences. This provides the context in which the 2018 elections are occurring. The second part of the session will focus on the factors that influence the outcomes of congressional elections: partisanship, gerrymandering, incumbency effects, strategic behavior by candidates, campaign finance, and voter turnout. The final part of the session will look at and explain forecasting models that predict the outcomes of the elections.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Friday, September 7, 2018. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.