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See me talk in the Upper West Side (without graphs) today

At Picnic Cafe, Broadway at 101 St, 6-7pm today.

Should we vote even though it probably won’t make a difference? Why is the question “Are we better off now than four years ago?” not an appeal to selfishness? Are Americans as polarized as we think? Come explore these and other questions about voting in America today.

It’s the usual stuff but close-up so lots of opportunity to argue and heckle. No slides or graphs. My plan is to hand out 30-50 index cards, each with a phrase (for example, “Moderation in the pursuit of moderation is no vice” or “Gerrymandering is good for you” or “How to predict elections”), then participants can call out topics and I’ll yap on them (with discussion) till we run out of time.

It’ll be weird to talk without graphs. We’ll see how it goes.


  1. Phil says:

    So, how did it go?

    • andrewgelman says:

      It went well. I ended up not passing out any index cards, instead I spoke and then answered questions. It was a lively crowd, mostly in their fifties and older. Afterwards we ate dinner. The food was excellent, as good as what we might have gotten in Paris.

  2. Louis says:

    What a pity to have missed that! Other similar (easy going) talks in the near future?