Keynote Speaker

Dr. Christina Wolbrecht is a professor of political science, director of the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, and C. Robert and Margaret Hanley Family Director of the Notre Dame Washington Program. She is the co-author, with J. Kevin Corder, of Counting Women's Ballots: Female Voters from Suffrage through the New Deal (Cambridge, 2016), which uses new data and novel methods to provide insight into whether, how, and with what consequences women cast their ballots in the first five presidential elections following suffrage. She also is the author of The Politics of Women's Rights: Parties, Positions, and Change (Princeton, 2000), which received the 2001 Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award from the Political Organizations and Parties Section of the APSA.

Dr. Wolbrecht has authored or co-authored articles on such topics as women as political role models, the representation of women, and partisan position-taking on education policy, and co-edited books on the American political parties, women as political actors, and democratic inclusion. She is currently co-authoring a book, A Century of Votes for Women, which examines the first 100 years of women as voters in American politics.
Conference Schedule
Note: All times are Central Time
Thursday, October 10, Board of Directors Meeting

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Drinks and Hors d’Oeuvres, Brown & Gold Room
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm – Dinner, Brown & Gold Room
7:30 pm to 9:30 pm – Board Meeting, Alumni Room

Friday, October 11, Conference

8:00 am – Registration: Harre Union, President’s Foyer
9:00 am to 10:15 am – Session 1
9:30 am to 11:00 am – Poster Session, Atrium Overlook
10:30 am to 11:45 am – Session 2
Noon to 1:00 pm – Lunch – University Ballroom B
1:15 pm to 2:15 pm – IASS Guest Speaker: Prof. Christina Wolbrecht – University Ballroom C, open to the public
2:30 pm to 3:45 pm – Session 3
4:00 pm to 5:15 pm – Session 4

Location Information

Valparaiso University is located in the city of Valparaiso in Porter County (County Data), within the region of Northwest Indiana.
The region uses Central Time Zone, which is not reflective of the entire state of Indiana. Please adjust your watches if you travel from Eastern Time Zone.

Most of the sessions will be held in the Harre Union. There is ample parking available around the building.

The location is 20 minutes away from Indiana Dunes National Park, as well as the State Park. So plan to visit the beautiful lake shore. There are a few micro breweries in the city, as well as in the region. There are some interesting restaurants that you may want to try as well.

Parking: There are three parking lots where you can park your vehicles. It is Fall Break in Valparaiso University during the conference, and there should be plenty of parking available. Park in Lot 13, Lot 14, or Lot 15.

Conference Building: Park and walk to Harre Union and go up to the 2nd floor.
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