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Political scholars, journalists to discuss national divide at UA conference

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: November 6, 2013

Political scholars and journalists will travel to Akron this week to discuss the deep divide among the parties and the public.

They will participate in the seventh "State of the Parties" conference, hosted by the University of Akron's Bliss Institute of Applied Politics, which will be Thursday and Friday at Quaker Square.

"The frenzied work of politicians and campaign workers ended on Election Day," said John Green, director of the Bliss Institute. "And now it's time for careful analysis of what happened and what it means."

Journalist Dan Balz of the Washington Post, author of Collision 2012, will be the keynote speaker. Conference sessions will cover national polarization, party nominations, Tea Party activism and party resources.

The conference is open to the public. For more information and to register, call 330-972-5182 or visit the conference website.

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