What the Hell is Going On?! The US Primaries and the State of the Union
6 April, 2016
Lindsay Room, Level 3, Campus Hub (C10A)
Macquarie University Politics Society (MUPS)
The 2016 US primary season has been amongst the most controversial and unexpected on record. Trump and Trumpism have vexed and seemingly vanquished the Republican establishment, while a previously obscure Vermont, socialist Senator – with the prior name recognition of an obscure Vermont, socialist Senator – has seriously challenged the leadership-anointed Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton. What does all of this say about the state of US politics and society today, and what questions does it raise about the future of the Union? Our panel of experts provides some answers, while exploring the deeper political meaning of the recent primaries. Amongst other things, we discuss what the primaries reveal about class, race and gender inequalities in the United States, and the role of the media and money in US politics. Finally, we look forward to the November Presidential election, and discuss who might become President and what that would mean for the United States and the World.
All are welcome. Please bring your friends, questions and opinions.
Lloyd Cox will chair the event. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations at Macquarie University. He previously won a research fellowship at the US Studies Center in 2010, out of which he published on the American/Australian relationship. He currently teaches American politics and international relations, and is researching the role of revenge in American foreign policy.
Brendon O’Connor, Associate Professor at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Georgetown University in 2006, the Australian Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 2008 and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge in 2012. He is the editor of seven books on anti-Americanism and has also published articles and books on American welfare policy, presidential politics, US foreign policy, and Australian-American relations.
Michael Ondaatje, Associate Professor and Head of the National school of Arts at the Australian Catholic University. He is the author of a prize-winning and best-selling book on race and conservatism in the United States (Black Conservative Intellectuals in Modern America, 2010), and in 2012 was awarded the Max Crawford Medal, 'Australia's most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities'.
Lisa Middlebrook, works in Corporate Affairs at Macquarie University. She has previously lived and worked in the US, including a stint working for the Democratic Party, and has an ongoing interest in and knowledge about the subtleties of the US Primary system.
Hayden John, is an undergraduate student studying American politics at Macquarie University, and is also a budding journalist, having recently written articles on the US primaries.
MUPS is cohosting this event with Dr Lloyd Cox.