Political Science Academy 2020: Why Democracy is F*cked (And What to Do About It)

THU // APR 11 // 06:30PM

Show 1: Why does democracy feel so wrong?

Yes, we are already talking about 2020! It may just be early 2019, but the media and our pulses are in full swing for the presidential race next year. But what can we do to prepare, other than wring our hands and get annoyed at … everything? We can learn why things feel so insane – and what you can do about them!

Join us for a show about the fundamental principles of political life. If you’re looking for a rundown of “he-said,” “she-said” analyses, a bunch of talking heads talking past each other on today’s top issues, or some kind of discussion, really at all, of the candidates who are running and their platforms or who to vote for – you’re in the wrong place!

Instead, this show is about the deepest social science findings behind the political outcomes we see in the world today. From fundamental behaviors (like voting), to the far reaches of our collective comprehension (like social media), to where political views come from in the first place, why we still have war, and everything in between, this show takes on, and illuminates, the why behind all this sh*t.

You’ll leave with a new lens to understand it all – and how to use your newfound power for good. It’s quantum theory for 2020.

Doors 6:30 PM, show 7:00 PM.
Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
21+
This event is mixed seated and standing room. Seats are first-come, first-served.
REFUND POLICY: Tickets may be refunded up to 24 hours before the event. Within 24 hours we may take exchanges for other events at our discretion. No refunds after the event.

About the host:

Andrea Jones-Rooy, Ph.D. is a standup comedian, quantitative researcher for FiveThirtyEight, and applied complexity researcher at the Santa Fe Institute. She earned her Ph.D. in political science at the University of Michigan, and was a professor of political science at NYU and Carnegie Mellon University before breaking out of the ivory tower to share the Good News about Political Science with the world. In her spare time she eats fire and dangles from a trapeze. Yes, this will be on the midterm.

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