As the 2012 U.S. presidential election drew near, there was much to think about and discuss. How do our political institutions, political environment and economic system influence each other and the selection of presidential candidates? In what ways do race and economics impact voter turnout and behavior? How will the policies of President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney affect their stakes at winning?

Alumni and friends explored these issues and more with distinguished Princeton faculty members, journalists, and alumni in this timely online education series. Offered in October as a collection of weekly events, these flexible webinar, video and live stream sessions provided the chance to engage with the issues, presenters, and one another during an exciting election season.

Live interactive webinar sessions are marked with an asterisk and required advance registration (see links below). If you have not previously taken part in a webinar, we recommend you run this System Test to check your computer's compatibility with this technology. Questions about system test results can be directed to support@anymeeting.com.

If you are interested in these webinar topics but were unable to participate live, note that recordings of most sessions are available on this site for viewing as your schedule permits.

The Obama Presidency: Then and Now
*Webinar: Tuesday, October 9, 8:00 – 9:00
p.m. EDT
Evan Thomas, Lecturer in the Council of the Humanities; Ferris Professor of Journalism.
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For additional context, view Evan Thomas’s 20-minute video,
The Obama Presidency: What Kind of Leader?

Obama or Romney: The First 100 Days
Live Stream Webcast: Saturday, October 20, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m
. EDT
Brandice Canes-Wrone '93, Donald E. Stokes Professor in Public and International Affairs; Vice
Dean, Woodrow Wilson School
Todd S. Purdum '82, National Editor, Vanity Fair; Former White House Correspondent, The New
York Times

Ramesh A. Ponnuru '95, Senior Editor, National Review
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Mobilizing the Vote: Race, the Ground Game, and Voter Turnout in American Elections
*Webinar: Tuesday, October 23, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m
. EDT
Ali Valenzuela, Assistant Professor of Politics
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The Political Economy of the 2012 Elections
*WEBINAR RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, November 13, 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST

Brandice Canes-Wrone '93, Donald E. Stokes Professor in Public and International Affairs; Vice
Dean, Woodrow Wilson School

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