1. 2014 Hot Topics and A Look Ahead Toward 2016

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    This discussion from the New Politics Forum's 2014 Post-Election Debriefing featured Ross Ramsey (Executive Editor of The Texas Tribune), Dr. Sharon Navarro (Associate Professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio), Dr. Josh Scacco (Assistant Professor at Purdue University), Ed Espinoza (Executive Director of the Texas Research Institute), and moderator Dr. Sharon Jarvis (Associate Director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life). The New Politics Forum's post-election debriefings occur every two years to coincide with presidential and midterm elections. The 2014 Post-Election Debriefing brought together journalists, researchers, and campaign professionals to discuss hot topics from the election and what the results mean for the future of civic engagement in Texas.

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    • A Blunt Tell-All from the Campaign Trail Political Parties and the Next Generation

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      This discussion from the New Politics Forum's 2014 Post-Election Debriefing featured Steve Munisteri (Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas), Gilberto Hinojosa (Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party), Cari Christman (Executive Director of Red State Women), Christina Sanders (State Director of the Texas League of Young Voters), and moderator Ross Ramsey (Executive Editor of The Texas Tribune). The New Politics Forum's post-election debriefings occur every two years to coincide with presidential and midterm elections. The 2014 Post-Election Debriefing brought together journalists, researchers, and campaign professionals to discuss hot topics from the election and what the results mean for the future of civic engagement in Texas.

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      • UTA Teaching 1988-1989

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        Charles Mitchell teaching American Government at UTA, 1988-89.

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        • Student Spotlight with Ian Hoffman '16

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          • Stephen Voss Discusses the 2014 Kentucky Senatorial Race

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            Voss, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science in the University of Kentucky Colleges of Arts and Sciences, discusses Kentucky Senatorial candidates Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes and the national prominence of this election.

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            • Stephen Voss Discusses Kentucky Senate Election Results

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              Voss, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science in the University of Kentucky Colleges of Arts and Sciences, discusses how Mitch McConnell defeated challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in the Kentucky Senate race.

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              • In the Classroom

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                R-MC turns extraordinary event of two professors running for the same congressional seat into a “living civics lesson”.

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                • Spying Blind, interview with author Amy B. Zegart

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                  In this pathbreaking book, Amy Zegart provides the first scholarly examination of the intelligence failures that preceded September 11. Until now, those failures have been attributed largely to individual mistakes. But Zegart shows how and why the intelligence system itself left us vulnerable. Zegart argues that after the Cold War ended, the CIA and FBI failed to adapt to the rise of terrorism. She makes the case by conducting painstaking analysis of more than three hundred intelligence reform recommendations and tracing the history of CIA and FBI counterterrorism efforts from 1991 to 2001, drawing extensively from declassified government documents and interviews with more than seventy high-ranking government officials. She finds that political leaders were well aware of the emerging terrorist danger and the urgent need for intelligence reform, but failed to achieve the changes they sought. The same forces that have stymied intelligence reform for decades are to blame: resistance inside U.S. intelligence agencies, the rational interests of politicians and career bureaucrats, and core aspects of our democracy such as the fragmented structure of the federal government. Ultimately failures of adaptation led to failures of performance. Zegart reveals how longstanding organizational weaknesses left unaddressed during the 1990s prevented the CIA and FBI from capitalizing on twenty-three opportunities to disrupt the September 11 plot. Spying Blind is a sobering account of why two of America's most important intelligence agencies failed to adjust to new threats after the Cold War, and why they are unlikely to adapt in the future.

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                  • American Mythos, author interview question 8 - If the stories we tell about ourselves hide essential truths, how do we overcome

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                    America was built on stories: tales of grateful immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, Horatio Alger-style transformations, self-made men, and the Protestant work ethic. In this new book, renowned sociologist Robert Wuthnow examines these most American of stories--narratives about individualism, immigration, success, religion, and ethnicity--through the eyes of recent immigrants. In doing so, he demonstrates how the "American mythos" has both legitimized American society and prevented it from fully realizing its ideals. This magisterial work is a reflection and meditation on the national consciousness. It details how Americans have traditionally relied on narratives to address what it means to be strong, morally responsible individuals and to explain why some people are more successful than others--in short, to help us make sense of our lives. But it argues that these narratives have done little to help us confront new challenges. We pass laws to end racial discrimination, yet lack the resolve to create a more equitable society. We welcome the idea of pluralism in religion and values, yet we are shaken by the difficulties immigration presents. We champion prosperity for all, but live in a country where families are still homeless. American Mythos aptly documents this disconnect between the stories we tell and the reality we face. Examining how cultural narratives may not, and often do not, reflect the reality of today's society, it challenges readers to become more reflective about what it means to live up to the American ideal.

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                    • American Mythos, author interview question 7 - How has the life experience of immigrants in America changed?

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                      America was built on stories: tales of grateful immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, Horatio Alger-style transformations, self-made men, and the Protestant work ethic. In this new book, renowned sociologist Robert Wuthnow examines these most American of stories--narratives about individualism, immigration, success, religion, and ethnicity--through the eyes of recent immigrants. In doing so, he demonstrates how the "American mythos" has both legitimized American society and prevented it from fully realizing its ideals. This magisterial work is a reflection and meditation on the national consciousness. It details how Americans have traditionally relied on narratives to address what it means to be strong, morally responsible individuals and to explain why some people are more successful than others--in short, to help us make sense of our lives. But it argues that these narratives have done little to help us confront new challenges. We pass laws to end racial discrimination, yet lack the resolve to create a more equitable society. We welcome the idea of pluralism in religion and values, yet we are shaken by the difficulties immigration presents. We champion prosperity for all, but live in a country where families are still homeless. American Mythos aptly documents this disconnect between the stories we tell and the reality we face. Examining how cultural narratives may not, and often do not, reflect the reality of today's society, it challenges readers to become more reflective about what it means to live up to the American ideal.

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