Advocacy Luncheon*

Benefiting LSCU FedPAC
Thursday | 11:30am – 1pm

(Separate Ticketed Event)
Mediterranean 6-7, Main Level
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American Politics in a Time of Disruption

Dr. Steffen Schmidt, professor, Iowa State University

The 2016 race for the White House and for control of Congress is one of the most interesting and intense in the past hundred years. Outsiders on top of the polls. A Socialist Democrat challenging a dynastic Hillary Clinton. “The Donald” Trump driving the media and the GOP party nuts. Are both parties falling apart? Are we in a moment of massive disruption in US politics? Why are Americans so “angry?” Terrorist attacks around the world have changed the political discourse. Illegal immigration and a “YUUUGE” wall on the Mexican border. A divisive Supreme Court vacancy. Iowa State Prof. Steffen Schmidt, world famous expert and commentator, will slice and dice this exceptional political season. Schmidt is politically neutral. His talks are informative, thoughtful, but also very entertaining. Fasten your seat belts!

About the Speaker:

Dr. Steffen W. Schmidt is university professor of political sciSteffen-Schmidtence at Iowa State University. He is a founding member of Iowa State University’s United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) Academic Alliance, which has a mission “to conduct global operations in coordination with other combatant commands, services and appropriate U.S. government agencies to deter and detect strategic attacks against the U.S., its allies, and partners, and is prepared to defend the nation as directed.” He is a frequent commentator on national and international news media including Spain’s largest news service EFE, Agence France Presse (AFP), Venezuelan independent newspapers, and Canada’s largest cable network, and he analyzes politics for CNN en Español, Telemundo, and Univision.

Steffen is the author of 11 books, including the best-selling college textbook American Government and Politics Today (19th Edition), which has been read by more than three million college students. He grew up in Colombia, South America, and has studied in Switzerland and France. Steffen obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University, NY, in public law and government.