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Stephen Ansolabehere (Universidad de Harvard)

American Mosaic

Humanities Conference Wednesday, 15 November 2023, 19:00 hours Fundación Ramón Areces - Salón de actos

Venue: Fundación Ramón Areces - salón de actos. Calle Vitruvio, 5. 28006. Madrid.

Free admission. Necessary previous online registration. Limited capacity. 

Simultaneous interpretation available.

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Describing a nation as rich and varied as the American nation is a tall order. Almost 350 million people live here, roughly the population of Russia, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom combined. There are thousands of distinct cultures and subcultures in the United States, defined by their ethnicity and race, their education, their religion, their occupations, where they live, their income, their gender and sexual preference, and numerous other categories. We are a nation fragmented into many different identities. The current era only heightens the importance of those identities, as social media calls on us to define ourselves, to put ourselves in categories and present ourselves to the world. Yet, there is an undying sense of common American identity and purpose. To the world beyond our borders, America and Americans are immediately recognizable and distinctive. These two visions of America – one of so many splinters and fragments; one of a common dream and ambition – coexist. The two are one. America is a mosaic of our many colors, creeds, experiences, and subcultures, textured by the commonalities and divisions among its people. This talk describes a journey to capture that mosaic and distill its meaning for the American polity.


Wednesday,  15 November

19:00 h.

Welcome and presentation of the speaker

José María Beneyto
International Law Professor and Director of the Real Instituto de Estudios Europeos.

American Mosaic

Stephen Ansolabehere
Harvard University


Stephen Ansolabehere

Stephen Ansolabehere is the Frank G. Thompson Professor of Government at Harvard University. He is an expert in public opinion and elections, and has published extensively on elections, mass media, and representation, political economy, and public opinion, especially concerning energy and the environment. He is author of five books: Cheap and Clean,The Media Game, Going Negative, American Government, and The End of Inequality. He is a Carnegie Scholar (2000), a Hoover National Fellow (1994), and Truman Scholar (1982) and was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007. He directed the Caltech/MIT Voting Technology Project from its founding in 2000 through 2004; is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Reuters Institute of Journalism at Oxford University; and consults for CBS News Election Decision Desk, as well as principal investigator of the Cooperative Congressional Election Study, a collaborative effort of over 60 universities and colleges in the United States.



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