The 2018 Elections: Follow Up and Explanations | Newberry

The 2018 Elections: Follow Up and Explanations

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Wayne Steger, DePaul University
Programs for Teachers
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

The last 25 years have witnessed growing partisan polarization and intensifying party conflict. 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 occurred. The second part of the session will focus on the factors that influence the outcomes of the 2018 congressional elections: partisanship, gerrymandering, strategic behavior by candidates, campaign finance, and voter turnout. The final part of the session will look at predictions that 2018 would be a “Democratic wave” and compare that to the results of the 2018 elections. The focus of this session will be on what happened in the 2018 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.