Posted on October 19, 2016, BY Matthew Beltz

Jennifer Lawless, professor of government at American University, will discuss how and why young Americans are increasingly turned off to politics on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Elaine Langone Center Forum. It is free and open to the public.

Lawless' talk is titled "Running From Office: Why Young Americans are Turned off to Politics." Based on a national survey of more than 4,000 high school and college students, Lawless will argue that a devastating consequence of contemporary politics is the systematic alienation of many young people. It discourages them from aspiring to be elected leaders and turns them off from even considering a career in politics. However, based on what she learned from doing this survey, Lawless, who is also the director of the Women & Politics Institute at American, will offer solutions to spur young people's ambition to run for office.

This event is sponsored by both the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP) and the political science department. It is part of the BIPP's fall election series — a sequence of evening lectures, Pizza & Policy lunch panels and other opportunities for people to be engaged in the political process.

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