The Midterms

WED, JAN 4, 2023 (49:59)

What are the most important takeaways from the 2022 midterm election and how are these likely to impact an already dysfunctional congress? What role did younger voters play in these races and what can be done to enhance their participation and engagement in policy and politics?

Matt Bennett – Executive Vice President for Public Affairs, Third Way and Samuel Abrams – Nonresident Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute and Professor, Sarah Lawrence College, provide their perspectives on these wide ranging topics in a discussion moderated by Dr. Christina Kulich, Professor of Political Science at Suffolk University.
The Washington Center hosts the Inside Washington Seminar each year, which brings students and faculty from all over the country together to examine the most pressing issues facing the nation, engage with elected officials, practitioners, thought leaders and one another.

This episode is part of a series done in partnership with GBH Forum Network, The Washington Center, Ford Hall Forum, Suffolk University Political Science and Legal Studies Department.

+ BIO: Matt Bennett

In 2005, Matt Bennett joined his three fellow co-founders in establishing Third Way, believing that there is a tremendous need for fresh thinking and moderate ideas in a time of extreme political immoderation. Matt loves coming to work every day to take on the big questions our country faces with some of the people he respects most in the world. He considers helping to extend marriage equality to gays and lesbians one of Third Way’s proudest achievements so far.

Matt earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania. But he grew up in Syracuse, and his blood—and loyalties—run Orange. He’s been a short-order cook, a room service waiter, a busboy, and a dishwasher, but the high point of Matt’s professional life was meeting Nelson Mandela. The literal high point of his life was climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

+ BIO: Samuel Abrams

Samuel J. Abrams is a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on questions of related civic and political culture and American ideologies. He is concurrently a professor of politics and social science at Sarah Lawrence College, and a faculty fellow with New York University’s Center for Advanced Social Science Research.

Dr. Abrams has been widely published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The American Interest, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. He is the author of several books on a variety of topics including public opinion, Congress, religion and society, and polarization. His scholarly articles have been featured in peer-reviewed journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, The Jewish Journal, and PS: Political Science & Politics. He is presently working on two book projects exploring partisanship, polarization, and society.

Dr. Abrams has an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University and is an alumnus of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Program on Inequality and Social Policy. He received his A.B. in political science and sociology from Stanford University.

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