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US election politics at Carlow College

Carlow College (St Patrick’s) is hosting a four-part debate and discussion series on the US Presidential Election every Wednesday during the month of October.

The series will incorporate all sides of the political discourse going on in American society surrounding the election race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. 

The discussions will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday and will feature American speakers as well as others with vast knowledge of the American political system and society.

Upcoming discussion topics

The first event takes place tomorrow (October 5). ‘Trump v Clinton: How Did We Get Here?’ will be led by Paul Foley, Director of Government & Community Relations at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa. Foley will discuss the primary campaign of Sanders v. Clinton, Trump v. the Republican establishment and delve into voting groups and blocks that are, and aren’t, supporting Trump or Clinton.

On Wednesday 12, the topic will be ‘Big Business v Main Street: The Impending Civil War for the Heart of the GOP’. The speaker will be Terry Schilling, Executive Director of the American Principles Project. The presentation will address three main points: what is currently happening within the Republican Party, why it is happening, and how the GOP might solve the civil war taking place within the party.

The third discussion, on Wednesday 19, will be ‘Political Discourse of Fear: A Personal Story’. It will be delivered by Prof. Marta Walz, Professor of Communication Studies at Elgin Community College, Illinois. Walz will explore the use of fear appeals in the 2016 US presidential race, discussing the short-term and long-term implications of this tactic on both politicians and the public. 

The final event, on Wednesday 26, will be led by Carlow College’s own Dr Eric Derr. It will be on ‘The Electoral College: A Democratic System’. It will examine the US election structure and provide analysis on the state of the election, two weeks out from polling day.

The series is free and is open to the public. Any queries can be directed to


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