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International Conference of the Raoul-Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies. Election Day in the U.S.: Setting the Scene for November

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March, 15, 2012 – In response to an invitation from the Centre for U.S. Studies of the Raoul-Dandurand Chair at the University of Quebec in Montreal, 13 academics and practitioners from Quebec and the United States will gather for the international conference « Election Day in the U.S.: Setting the Scene for November », which will take place on Thursday March 22nd in Montreal. The participants will discuss issues related to this major world event, including the Republican presidential primaries and particularly the impact of this upcoming election in Quebec. A simultaneous translation will be available throughout the conference.


Where: Palais des Congrès – Room 514

1001, Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Place-D'Armes Metro Station

Date and Time: Thursday March 22nd, from 9 AM to 5:30 PM, $50 / Free for students (lunch will be offered)

The Conference's Four Main Themes:

  • 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM – Republican primaries: Explaining their results and evaluating their impact on the future of the Grand Old Party
  • 11 AM to 12:30 PM – What will the major issues be in 2012 – And who will win?
  • 12:30 PM to 2:15 PM – 2012: Will it be the return of Obama or of Republicans to the White House?
  • 2:15 PM to 3:45 PM – What 2012 means for us: the election's impact on Quebec

Speakers will include:

  • Charles-Philippe David, Chairholder, Raoul-Dandurand Chair and copresident, Centre for U.S. Studies; professor, Department of Political Sciences, UQAM
  • Frédérick Gagnon, Director, Centre for U.S. Studies, Raoul-Dandurand Chair; professor, Department of Political Sciences, UQAM
  • Ginette Chenard, Senior fellow, U.S.-Quebec relations, Raoul-Dandurand Chair, UQAM
  • Greg Robinson, Member, Centre for U.S. Studies, Chaire Raoul-Dandurand; professor, Department of History, UQAM
  • Kate Zernike, National correspondent, The New York Times
  • Sean Trende, Senior elections analyst, Real Clear Politics
  • Sheila Krumholz, Executive Director, Center for Responsive Politics (
  • Lawrence Miller, Vermont Secretary of Commerce
  • John Parisella, Former Quebec Delegate-general in New York
  • Dante Scala, Fellow, Carsey Institute, professor, Department of Political Science, University of New Hampshire
  • Thomas Whalen, Associate Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Boston University

Webcast and hashtag
The conference will be webcasted and available live online. The web-link will be available on the Chair's website at One may also use the #EtatsUnis2012 hashtag to tweet about the conference.

This conference organized by the Centre for U.S. Studies enjoys the support of the Quebec Ministry of International Relations, as well as of the U.S. Consulate in Montreal.

The Expertise of the Centre for U.S. Studies
Since 2000, the Raoul-Dandurand Chair analyzes American presidential elections through its Centre for U.S. Studies. It has assembled a network of approximately 40 local and international experts who analyze electoral issues, societal debates in the U.S., American domestic and foreign policy, and relations between Quebec and its southern neighbor. Led by Frédérick Gagnon, professor at the Department of Political Science at UQAM, the Centre is co-presided by political scientists Charles-Philippe David, Chairholder of the Raoul-Dandurand Chair, and Louis Balthazar, emeritus professor at Laval University.

For more information:
Twitter: @RDandurand


To consult the full program:

Follow this link to consult the list of experts from the Raoul-Dandurand Chair on the U.S. elections.

Information and confirmation of attendance for the press:
Gwenola Appéré, Public Relations Officer
Raoul-Dandurand Chair of Strategic and Diplomatic Studies, UQAM
Tel.: 514 987-3000, extension 8720
Cell.: 514 814-6782


Anik Veilleux, conseillère en relations de presse
Division des relations avec la presse et événements spéciaux
Service des communications
Tél. : 514 987-3000, poste 7954

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