Lessons from the 2016 Election: What We Got Right, What We Got Wrong, and What It Means for 2018 and Beyond

January 18 '2018 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Mayser Gymnasium

  • Steven Medvic

Stephen Medvic

The Honorable & Mrs. John C. Kunkel Professor of Government, Franklin & Marshall College

The result of the 2016 election was a surprise to most observers, including professional political analysts and election scholars. But how surprised should we have been? While much of what happened during the race was unprecedented, at least as much unfolded as we would have expected. This talk will review the ways in which the 2016 election challenged what we thought we knew about elections, reinforced what we do know, and what that all means for the 2018 and 2020 elections.


Common Hour enables the entire Franklin & Marshall College community to gather for culturally and academically enriching events at midday each Thursday during the academic year. This opportunity to engage in a campus-wide dialogue originates with Common Hour and then extends beyond the confines of 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. into classrooms, house commons, dining halls and beyond.