Study: Political Participation Rooted in Genes

After having studied the factors that are traditionally thought to influence political participation or non-participation—namely, social factors (education, social class, age, etc.), political factors (alienation, cynicism, partisanship, etc.), and structural factors (registration requirements, two-party system, electoral college, etc.)—I ran accross a new study that found evidence for biological factors (genes) to have an impact on political participation:

 

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Presidential Cookie Wars

The Nominees:

And the nominees are…

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Sign Up Today! Logins for New American Studies Leipzig Website Now Available

Logins to the new American Studies Website are now publicly available. Register today to be able to post comments and participate in the homepage’s community building and communication effort.

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Picador Roundtable on Spectator Sports Draws Large Crowd

The Picador Roundtable with Picador Guest Professor Chuck Klosterman and Fulbright Professor Ben Alpers today was attended by approximately 30 to 40 students.

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*UPDATE: Chuck Klosterman and Ben Alpers Roundtable on "The Spectator vs. The Sport"

American Studies Leipzig
is proud to present a
Picador Guest Professorship for Literature Roundtable


The Spectator vs. The Sport”

 

Thursday, 10 July 2008, 5pm
Lecture Hall of the Deutsches Literatur Institut DLL
Wächterstraße 34

 

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Deutschlandfunk Interviews ASL on Upcoming Obama Visit

Deutschlandfunk (German Public Radio) did a live interview with ASL for the national morning news program on Thursday, 10 July. The interview concerned the upcoming visit to Germany of Presidential candidate Barack Obama.

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Flip-Flopping? - The Dilemma of the Median Voter

Recently, Barack Obama has been critized for moving to the middle of the political landscape to counter the impression of being liberal given among others by the National Journal. The media and the Republicans immediately jumped on Obama for what they define as flip-flopping. Given the make-up of the U.S. political system (winner-take-all, non-proportional representation, two-party-system, etc.), however, candidates are forced to appeal to the median voter if they want to win elections.

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[Update: With Fotos] Student-Organized 4th of July Party

The BA Class of ‘06 invites the American Studies Leipzig Community to join them for an Independence Day Celebration on Friday, July 4th, 2008 at the GWZ Innenhof. The BBQ will start at 5pm. Please be prepared to bring a cover charge of 2 Euro.

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The Party was a lot of fun! See pictures by BA student Anika Brandt below:

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Prof. Freese. US-Immigration as Documented in Cartoons, Posters and Advertisements

 

American Studies Leipzig Invites You to the Following Guest Lecture:

“Immigration to the USA, as Documented in Cartoons, Posters and Advertisements”

by

Professor Emeritus
Dr. phil. Dr. h. c. mult.

Peter Freese

The lecture will take place on

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Doggystyle

You may have not noticed, but it is appears to be obligatory for U.S. presidents to have a dog. A quick research (cf. pictures below) has shown that every president since Kennedy had a hairy pal. Now, the important questions are: How is this issue going to play in November? And when and what kind of dog will Barack Obama get?

 

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