Public Lectures

America in Transformation: 2016 and the Presidency

Thank you for your interest in the America in Transformation series. Streaming and downloads for nearly all lectures are available below.

Get to the heart of the issues on the road to election day with UW professor David Domke.

The 2016 presidential election is in full swing, bringing with it heated debates on issues of race, gender, civil rights and equality. Changing demographics, emerging technologies and conflicting ideologies influence today’s political arena, increasing tensions between those who believe the country has gone too far and those who believe we haven’t gone far enough. We’ve seen periods like this before—and history tells us the results are profound.

The UW Alumni Association and Department of Communication are proud to present America in Transformation: 2016 and the Presidency, featuring David Domke, professor and chair of the UW’s Department of Communication. An authority in politics, news, and social change, Domke will once again provide real-time insight and historical context to the 2016 presidential election in this 12-part series.

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Video Archive

Fall 2016 Lectures

The series concludes in fall 2016 with five lectures outlining the final, crucial moments of the Presidential campaign. Fall lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. in Kane Hall 130.

Proceeds from series passes go to support student scholarships in the Department of Communication. We invite those watching online to contribute, too. You can make a gift here.

Sept. 15, 2016
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Sept. 29, 2016

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Oct. 13, 2016
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Oct. 27, 2016
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Nov. 10, 2016
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Summer 2016 National Conventions Viewing Events

The summer 2016 events focused on the Democratic and Republican national conventions.

Thursday, July 21, 2016
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Thursday, July 28, 2016
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Winter 2015-2016 Lectures

The winter 2016 events focused on the Democratic and Republican party primary races.

Jan. 4, 2016
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Jan. 18, 2016
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Feb. 1, 2016
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Feb. 15, 2016
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Feb. 22, 2016
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2015_David_Domke_210x250_picDavid Domke is a professor and chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. He worked as a journalist for several newspapers in the 1980s and early 1990s, including the Orange County Register and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, before earning a Ph.D. in 1996. He is the author of two books, and his research and teaching he focuses on issues of racial and religious identity in American politics. In the past two years he has begun to lead weeklong civil rights pilgrimages of students and community adults to the US South. These inter-generational and inter-racial experiences are done in partnership with Bellevue College, UW alumni and UW students, faculty and staff. In 2002 he received the University of Washingtonʼs Distinguished Teaching Award, the universityʼs highest honor for teaching. In 2006, he was named the Washington state Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 2008 he was selected as the favorite professor of the UW graduating class, and in 2015 he was selected as the University’s Freshman Convocation keynote speaker.