Polls and the Presidential Election

  • Saturday, October 24, 2020
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Online via Zoom



The OLLI Distinguished Speakers Series presents
Professor Tom Hodgson on

Polls and the Presidential Election

Saturday, October 24, 2020
3:00 pm  
Online via Zoom 
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or call 413.236.2190.

In democracies, citizens choose their most powerful political leaders via ballots, the ultimate poll. For all kinds of reasons, we are bombarded daily with the results of opinion polls which attempt to offer snapshots of our nationʼs state of mind and a crystal ball to help us prepare for events to come. But what do polls actually represent, and what do they reveal? Join Tom Hodgson for an interactive exploration of the role polls play in our nationʼs political life.

Tom Hodgson is a Williams College alumni and holds an M.A. in philosophy from Yale University. He is an Instructor Emeritus at Phillips Academy Andover, where he taught courses in ethics, logic, political philosophy, existentialism, metaphysics and theory of knowledge for over forty years. There he also coached multiple sports, and advised generations of students. Career highlights: Newman Teaching Foundation; Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies; Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Williams College; Director of the B.A.S.K. interdisciplinary summer program in Kunming, China. 

 Admission is $10 for OLLI at BCC and Berkshire Museum members, and $15 for the general public.  Admission is free for Berkshire Community College students, youth 17 and under, and those holding WIC, EBT/SNAP, or ConnectorCare cards.

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In Partnership with the Berkshire Museum

Recommended Resources:

The Pew Research Center


NY Times- The Upshot

The Cook Political Report

The Economist

Additional Recommended Reading:

NY Times - Arnon Mishkin

What if Trump Refuses to Concede?  From The Atlantic, 9/23/20

The New Yorker: Can We Trust The Polls?

Where Did You Get This Number? by Anthony Salvanto

Lost in a Gallup: Polling Failure in U.S. Presidential Elections by W. Joseph Campbell

Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Danielle Allen

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution by Joseph Ellis

The Wake-Up Call: Why the Pandemic Has Exposed the Weakness of the West, and How to Fix It by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge

The Signal in the Noise by Nate Silver

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

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