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What Were We Thinking? Political Identity and Today's American Electorate

Panel discussion: Kevin den Dulk (Henry Institute; Political Science), Kristin Du Mez (History), Elisha Marr (Sociology & Social Work), and Mark Mulder (Sociology & Social Work)

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 took many experts by surprise. What made it possible? What have we learned about the two-party system? About campaigns and the election process? About American values? How can citizens make constructive contributions in this time of transition?

About the panelists

Kevin R. den Dulk holds the Paul B. Henry Chair in Political Science and serves as the Executive Director of the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College.

Kristin Kobes Du Mez is chair of the history department and teaches courses in recent America, U.S. social and cultural history, and Gender Studies.

Elisha Marr is assistant professor of sociology whose research interests include transracial adoption, intersections of race, class, and gender, media and popular culture, and policy.

Mark Mulder is chair of the sociology department. His research interests include urban studies, religion, race, and the concept of "place."

About the Just Citizenship series

This series has been organized by the Dean for Research and Scholarship under the Provost's Faith and Citizenship Initiative

What does it mean for Christians to think deeply and act justly in this time of political uncertainty? Just Citizenship is a weekly series of interdisciplinary lectures and panel discussions addressing current issues and asking how Christians can work for renewal in society. Join us in the Chapel each Monday at 3:30 during the spring semester; all of these events are free and open to the public. Find out more about the series and related events.

The Just Citizenship series has been approved for State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH) in the state of Michigan. For every forum you attend, you can earn one clock hour of SCECH credit for certificate renewal. For more information and a SCECH application form, please visit our homepage for the series.

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