Even with November a speck on the horizon and the Republican and Democratic national conventions still a good way down the road, one thing is clear: campaigns for the 2012 elections are already in high gear. Hardly a day goes by without media appearances of one candidate or another, emails flooding our inboxes seeking contributions and our televisions spouting non-stop political analysis.
While it may seem early for such a media frenzy, these developments come as no surprise since this fall’s elections are shaping up to be among the most hard-fought in recent decades. It’s easy to get lost in the many unknowns including poll predictions and recent campaign finance law changes.
How are we to make sense of it all, especially as the election draws near? Join Rice faculty from the university’s Departments of Political Science, Sociology and the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, along with faculty from Texas A&M and other political experts for their unique perspectives in our fall 2012 course, “Inside the 2012 Elections.”
Beginning on Wednesday, September 12, this series of six lectures and a final, post-election panel discussion will bring some of the brightest, most informed viewpoints on the election, as well as help understand what its results will mean for our future.