FDU Presents “Surveying the Polls” on Thursday Afternoons

MADISON, NJ (October 3, 2011) –Fairleigh Dickinson University’s “Politics on the PublicMind” lecture series will run Thursdays: Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, Nov. 10, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1, at the College at Florham in the Library’s Orangérie from 3:30-5 p.m. Refreshments will be served and reservations are required.

This semester’s series concentrates on polling methods. Each presenter is a leader within the field of polling and will discuss their insights on staying ahead of the curve. The first session on Oct. 6 features, Mickey Carroll, the director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. Carroll brings more than 40 years of experience as a political writer and columnist for New York and New Jersey newspapers.

On Oct. 20, Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, will speak. Murray’s initiative is to go beyond the headlines to cover quality of life issues that affect the daily lives of New Jersey residents by tracking issues of public policy.

On Nov. 3, Paul Donato, the executive vice president and chief research officer for Nielsen, will speak. Donato is responsible for the development of a global network of Nielsen Measurement Scientists and exploring methods to measure media audiences and consumer behavior in the changing, converging media environment. 

On Nov. 10, Dan Cassino, the director of experimental research for FDU’s PublicMind Poll and an assistant professor of political science, will speak. Cassino’s research focuses on how voters form opinions about candidates and issues and the role of emotion in this process, as well as its impact on voting and other behavioral outcomes. Cassino recently co-authored a book, “Consuming Politics: Jon Stewart, Branding and the Youth Vote in America,” with his wife, Yasemin Besen-Cassino.

On Nov. 17, David Redlawsk, the director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and a professor of political science, will speak. Redlawsk was also the founder and former director of the Hawkeye Poll for the University of Iowa before returning to Rutgers where he received his doctorate in political science.

On Dec. 1, Krista Jenkins, an FDU associate professor of political science and a survey analyst for FDU’s PublicMind Poll, will speak. Jenkins co-authored a book, “A New Engagement? Poltical Participation, Civic Life, and the Changing American Citizen.”

FDU’s PublicMind survey research group and the College at Florham Library sponsor the Politics on the PublicMind seminars. A donation of $85 to the “Friends of the Library” to help cover the cost of the seminars would be gratefully accepted. The sessions are free to students, faculty, staff and FDU alumni. More sessions may be added during the semester. For more information or to reserve your seat, contact Colleen Di Gregorio at 973-443-8530 or e-mail colleend@fdu.edu. All sessions are held in FDU’s College at Florham Library, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J.

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