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      Eitan Hersh in Conversation with Dave Fleischer in Los Angeles

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      March 18, 2020

      Wednesday   6:00 PM

      1623 Ivar Avenue
      Los Angeles, California 90028

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      Eitan Hersh in Conversation with Dave Fleischer


      Eitan Hersh, in conversation with Dave Fleischer, will discuss Hersh's latest book, Politics Is for Power: How to Move Beyond Political Hobbyism, Take Action, and Make Real Change.

      In 2018, an impressive third of Americans reported spending two hours or more per day on political activity. But four out of five of those people reported that none of that time was spent on real political work. Rather, we feel engaged and satisfied when we consume political news, engage on social media, and complain with friends and family. In short, what many of us are doing is political hobbyism – not making real change. In Politics Is for Power, Hersh tells the stories of several normal-people-turned-activists and how they became involved in their communities, approaching change on a local level and advocating for political candidates in face-to-face interactions.

      Eitan Hersh is a tenured associate professor of political science at Tufts University, known for innovative uses of big data to study timely and important questions about American politics. He researches and teaches about civic participation, U.S. elections and voting rights. He received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2011 and served for six years on the faculty of Yale University as assistant professor of political science and resident fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. His scholarly book Hacking the Electorate (2015) illuminated the use of campaign microtargeting in the Obama years. Hersh brings fascinating statistics and research to life in this refreshing and motivating examination of American politics.

      Dave Fleischer directs the Leadership LAB of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. The LAB provides mentoring and support to leaders preparing to face or recovering from ballot measures on LGBT issues. Prior, Fleischer created and ran the national training program for the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Foundation (1993-98) and created and directed the organizing and training department of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (1999-2006). Since 1993, Fleischer has been directly involved in 38 ballot measure campaigns on LGBT issues in 20 states. He wrote the comprehensive evaluation of the Prop 8 campaign, available online at From 2006-2008, Fleischer was part of the Industrial Areas Foundation team that increased African-American and Latino voter turnout in parts of Ohio that had previously suffered from persistent low voter turnout.



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