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Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior

Wednesday, October 7 | 12 PM ET | Virtual Event 

African Americans are often said to form the backbone of the Democratic Party, but almost one third consider themselves to be conservative—a percentage that has increased over the last few decades. What accounts for this apparent mismatch between party and ideology? And will Black voters begin shifting to the GOP as a result? Join a discussion with Professor Chryl Laird of Bowdoin College to help answer these questions and understand their impact on the 2020 elections and beyond. Her new book, "Steadfast Democrats", combines research in political science, psychology, and cultural analysis to examine how and why social pressures go a long way toward determining how Black Americans cast their ballots.  

This event is sponsored by the Political Science Department, the Psychology Department, and the Tisch College of Civic Life.

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