History of National Party Conventions
After opening remarks by James Thurber and Mike Berman, panelists discussed the history of political conventions. Topics included the… read more
After opening remarks by James Thurber and Mike Berman, panelists discussed the history of political conventions. Topics included the present importance of presidential conventions, historical perspectives, decreasing media coverage of conventions, and whether conventions still matter.
Mr. Pitts was an assistant parliamentarian at four Republican conventions. Mr. Panagopoulos is the author of Rewiring Politics: Presidential Nominating Conventions in the Media Age.
This session was the first panel of a conference on the 2008 National Party Conventions at the Center. It was hosted by James Thurber and co-hosted by Mike Berman, who was on the staff of every Democratic Convention since 1968. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Michael Berman President Duberstein Group Inc.
- William M. LeoGrande Dean American University->School of Public Affairs
- Costas Panagopoulos Director Fordham University->Elections and Campaign Management Program
- Billy Pitts Staff Director (Former) House Rules Committee
- James A. Thurber Founder and Director American University->Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
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