Upcoming Events

The schedule, and additional information, for Rooney Center Workshops can be found here

"Counting Women's Ballots" Book Launch

NOTE THE UPDATED TIME AND LOCATION: Event will be held on Friday, March 24, at 12:00 noon in 200 Riley Hall.

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"Pizza, Pop & Politics 2017: Demonstration & Protest in Democracy"


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"The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America"

The Dean's Fellows of the College of Arts and Letters are sponsoring a presentation by Jelani Cobb on at 7:00 pm on February 7 in Jordan Auditorium, Mendoza College of Business. The event Facebook page can be found here.

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"What Just Happened? Post Election-Analysis"

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Join NDVotes for a discussion of the results of the presidential election with Professor Christina WolbrechtProfessor Luis Fraga, and Professor David Campbell from the Department of Political Science. Pizza and beverages will be served. The presentation will be on November 16, 5:00 p.m. at the Geddes Hall Coffee House. 

Illinois Exchange

On Friday, October 28, four students from the University of Illinois presented their research as part of an established tradition of exchange between our two programs. The presentations were from 12:00 noon- 2:00 pm in 200 Riley Hall; lunch was provided. 

  • Amanda Burke (comparative), "Turnover and Norm Development: Measuring the Effects of the Political Elite Upon Democracy"
  • Kylee Britzman (American), "Factual Knowledge and Perceptions of Knowledge in the New Media Environment"
  • Audrey Neville (American), "Race-Based Perceptions of Candidate Ideology"
  • Ashlea Rundlett (comparative), "Is Knowledge Power? Identifying the Lasting Effects of Exposing Corruption in Brazil"

"Media and Gender Politics in the 2016 Election: A Faculty Roundtable"

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Join Notre Dame faculty panelists Susan Ohmer, Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, Jason Ruiz, American Studies, and Christina Wolbrecht, Political Science, for an interactive discussion of the impact of gender on the 2016 presidential campaign, from how the candidates present themselves to how they are covered in the media. Through video clips and discussion, we will consider how gender shapes this historic election. 

The panel will be held on November 2 at 5:00 p.m. at the Browning Cinema. While the event is free, it is also ticketed. Acquire your tickets here

Shamrock Series Panel, "Turning Points: Election 2016 and Beyond"

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Friday, November 11, 2016 in the Republic Room, Grand Hyatt San AntonioNotre Dame faculty and elected officials will discuss issues at the forefront of the 2016 presidential election as well as the implications for the incoming president and the future of the United States. Panelists include, David Campbell, Chair of the Department of Political Science at Notre Dame, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), U.S. House of Representatives, Luis Ricardo Fraga, Co-Director at the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, and Christina Wolbrecht, Director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. The panel will be moderated by Ricardo Romo, President of University of Texas at San Antonio.

Notre Dame Lecture on Educational Policy

Dr. Patrick Wolf (Professor and 21st Century Chair in School Choice,  University of Arkansas) will present, "Private School Choice: What We Know and Don't Know" on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. in Remick Commons. This event is hosted by the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. Lunch is provided; RSVP to

About Patrick Wolf

Dr. Patrick J. Wolf is Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and 21st Century Endowed Chair in School Choice in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas College of Education and Health Professions. Previously he worked as a lobbyist for people with hearing impairments, a janitorial assistant, a state government administrator, and a pizza deliverer – though not necessarily in that order. As principal investigator of the School Choice Demonstration Project, he has led or is leading major studies of school choice initiatives, including longitudinal evaluations of school voucher programs in Washington, DC, Milwaukee, and the state of Louisiana. Research projects led or co-led by Dr. Wolf have been supported by 27 research grants and contracts totaling over $20 million. He has authored, co-authored, or co-edited four books and over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports on school choice, civic values, special education, public management, and campaign finance.

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Film Series: Campaign Concerns

The Rooney Center and the Center for Civil and Human Rights are cosponsoring a new film series. Campaign Concerns will focus on issues relating to the 2016 presidential election, such as the use of drones, voting rights, and immigration. Additional information about the films and schedule for the series can be found here