From left: Nicole Hemmer, Leo Chavez, Nadia E. Brown, David Schwartz, and Kathryn Cramer Brownell.

The Living Room Candidate: Political Advertising in the 2020 Presidential Campaign

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

A roundtable discussion with political campaign scholars to mark the relaunch of The Living Room Candidate.

The 2020 election may be unconventional, but both parties are using a communication tool with deep roots in American campaigns: political advertisements. This panel will bring experts in media, politics, and history to discuss the role advertising is playing in the race for the White House in 2020. This discussion, moderated by Kathryn Cramer Brownell, Associate Professor of History at Purdue University, will explore advertisements from the past and present to help the audience better understand the dynamics of the media landscape and political strategies at work today.

Guests include Nadia E. Brown, University Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Purdue University; Leo Chavez, Professor at University of California, Irvine and author of several books about immigration narratives in the media; Nicole Hemmer, associate research scholar with the Obama Presidency Oral History project, and the author of Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics; and David Schwartz, Manager of Theatrical Programming, Netflix, and former Chief Curator, MoMI, who is the founding curator of MoMI's online exhibition The Living Room Candidate.

Free. Join the conversation here.

This program and the 2020 edition of The Living Room Candidate have been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.