After the last vote’s been tallied, the exit poll results reviewed and the winner declared, a number of questions remain. Namely what does it all mean and what’s next?

West Virginia University’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences will host “Beyond Red and Blue: A Closer Look at the 2012 Elections,” at 7 p.m., Nov. 27 at the Woman’s Club of Charleston, 1600 Virginia Street East Charleston, WV 25311.

The event, which is free and open to the public, kicks off the College’s new Eberly Ideas Discussion Series. A panel of Eberly College faculty will discuss the nation’s political landscape and the role technology played in the elections, among other topics.

A unique forum that promotes the exchange of ideas and stimulating debate on current events, the Eberly Ideas Discussion Series offers alumni an opportunity to learn more about the timely research of some of the College’s all-star faculty.

“Our graduates are educators, innovators and leaders that want to talk about what’s going on in their communities, and how we can all work together to build a brighter future for generations to come,” said Dean Robert H. Jones. “Eberly Ideas will give us the chance to highlight our faculty’s expertise and engage with the public in meaningful discussions about current events.”

The Nov. 27 forum will feature Eberly College faculty members Elizabeth Cohen, Scott Crichlow, Patrick Hickey and Karen Kunz.

Cohen is an assistant professor in the WVU Department of Communication Studies. She specializes in media psychology, new media and health and risk communication.

Crichlow and Hickey are both faculty within the WVU Department of Political Science. Crichlow, an associate professor and the department chair, teaches and conducts research on U.S. foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics, political psychology and international relations. Hickey, an assistant professor, investigates how presidents build winning legislative coalitions in Congress.
Kunz, an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration, specializes in public budgeting, financial management and political economy.

Eberly Ideas will host two luncheons in Charleston in early 2013.
RSVP to “Beyond Red and Blue: A Closer Look at the 2012 Elections” at

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