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Policy Pub Returns with a Look at Why We Vote

The inaugural session of the new public forum series Policy Pub was a huge hit, and for the next gathering organizers are expecting another packed crowd of engaged citizens interested in the ins and outs of this much-discussed presidential campaign.

Policy Pub was launched by the Florida State University College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP) to give the Tallahassee community a relaxed, informal, and fun atmosphere to hear and discuss the important issues, events, and decisions that affect everyone’s lives on a daily basis. The first three sessions of the Pub have been planned around the 2016 election, and each offers a different perspective on this complex and often perplexing subject.

The September session featured Leroy Collins Institute Director Carol Weissert talking about how we got to our present state and where we are headed from here, inspiring a lively discussion by the 100+ people in attendance at the popular Tallahassee restaurant-bar Backwoods Bistro. The next session will take on the question “Why Do We Vote?” Political Science Professors Brad Gomez and Bob Jackson will talk about voter behavior, motivation, and expectations and how all that plays into shaping the campaigns and the outcome.

Policy Pub is free and open to the public.

Policy Pub: “Why Do We Vote?”
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Backwoods Bistro
401 E. Tennessee St. (corner of Gadsden)

Attendees can sit at tables or the bar and order food and drink from the Bistro menu. The presentation will last roughly 15-20 minutes, and the rest of the hour will offer time to ask questions, make comments, and engage in discussion. Because the first Pub was so well attended, the college advises people to arrive early in order to get a good parking place and seat.

The Policy Pub series is part of a full season of activities the college has planned around the election, including panel discussions and talks by both COSSPP faculty and noted speakers from beyond the campus, such as Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Cynthia Tucker and in-demand political analyst and media commentator Susan MacManus.

“The college is uniquely qualified and equipped to provide information and opportunities for open discussion on virtually every aspect of this election,” said Interim Dean Tim Chapin. “Our faculty and students work together on issues of the economy, public health, the environment, politics, public policy, and more that affect everyone’s lives day to day. We’re pleased to offer the Policy Pub as part of an exciting line-up of activities that anyone in the Tallahassee area can tap into for better understanding of the people and decisions that impact us all.”

The final Policy Pub for the fall will take place at Backwoods Bistro at 5:30 p.m. on November 15, one week after the election, and will focus on what to expect next. Future Policy Pubs will take place after the first of the year and focus on a broad range of topics beyond politics and elections.