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For Immediate Release
November 13, 2012

UC² Focuses on Impact of National Elections on Local Communities

Key Info

  • 2012 UC2 theme is “The City”“
  • The Impact of National Elections on Local Communities”
  • Mayoral roundtable moderated by Andrew Downs
  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Neff Hall, Room 101
  • Free and open to the public
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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) College of Art and Sciences’ 2012 University Community Conversations (UC²) presents “The Future of the American City: The Impact of National Elections on Local Communities,” Wednesday, November 14, at 7 p.m. in Neff Hall, Room 101.

The election of presidents, senators, and congress members can have a significant impact on national priorities and leadership. Members of both political parties tout every election cycle as pivotal for the country’s future. Lost in the concern over national politics is the impact that these elections have on local communities, as cities and towns throughout the country are directly affected by the changing makeup of the federal government.

Join UC2 for a nonpartisan mayoral roundtable discussion of the impact of national elections on local communities. An esteemed panel of local mayors will reflect on their past experiences and offer their perspectives on what might lie ahead.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Andrew Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics. Mayors scheduled to appear are:

  • Ted Ellis, mayor of Bluffton since 1996 and president of the National League of Cities
  • Suzanne Handshoe, mayor of Kendallville since 2004
  • Tom Henry, mayor of Fort Wayne since 2008
  • Norman E. Yoder, mayor of Auburn since 2000

The 2012 UC² theme is “The City.” Starting in January 2012, events have examined the city and its multiple meanings: The city as Fort Wayne, the city as any global urban center, and the city as an abstract idea. As a growing percentage of the world’s population congregates in cities and as Fort Wayne works to redefine itself in the 21st century, “The City” is a theme and topic in which we are all invested.

For more information on this event, contact Assistant Professor of History Jeff Malanson at 260-481-6694 or  

For more information on the UC² program itself, contact Carl Drummond, dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 260-481-5750 or