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Campaign Finance, Political Communication, and the 2012 Elections

November 30, 2012
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Video of conference panels is available on iTunes U
Participant Bios



9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Panel 1: Advertising: Tone, Trends and Effects

Charles Mahtesian, Politico (Moderator)
Wesleyan Media Project team
John Geer, Vanderbilt University
Richard Lau, Rutgers University
Keena Lipsitz, Queens College, CUNY


10:40 AM – 12:00 PM: Panel 2:  Campaign Finance and Interest Group Ads

Peter Overby, NPR (Moderator)
Wesleyan Media Project team
Robert Boatright, Clark University
Deborah Jordan Brooks, Dartmouth College
Anthony Corrado, Colby College


12:10 PM – 1:00 PM: Brown Bag Lunch: Student Presentations


1:10 PM – 2:30 PM: Panel 3: Misinformation, Cynicism and its Effects

Melanie Freeze, Wesleyan University (Moderator)
Adam Berinsky, MIT
Logan Dancey, Wesleyan University
Brendan Nyhan, Dartmouth College


2:40 PM – 3:50 PM: Panel 4: Polling & Voter Behavior

Dan Merkle, ABC News (Moderator & Panelist)
Lydia Saad, Gallup
John Sides, George Washington University


4:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Concluding remarks: Media Perspectives

Fredreka Schouten, USA Today (Moderator)
Dan Merkle, ABC News
Charlie Mahtesian, Politico
Peter Overby, NPR