April 14th - Garden Party & Annual Meeting

Please join us for the 4th annual PAAEC Garden Party; come mingle with Tigers in the region, friends of Tigers, and new CT admits to the Class of 2016!  This is a family-friendly event and kids are most welcome.   Beer, wine, Champagne and heavy appetizers will be served.

Princeton Psychology Professor Danny Oppenheimer, will give a brief, entertaining talk on “Democrazy: The Paradox of Democratic Success” (see detailed description below) at the start of the party. The annual PAAEC board meeting will be held during the party as well, during which our Executive Committee will be elected. Any Tigers who wish to be considered for nomination to the PAAEC Executive Committee (more info. here) should contact Daniel (daniel.gadala-maria@yale.edu).

Time: 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Date: Saturday, April 14
Place: 100 Edgehill Road, New Haven (map below)
Cost: Free!

Please reply to Gilles Carter '80 (gillescarter@yahoo.com; 917-612-4334) if you are able to attend. (Head counts are very helpful!!)

Talk Description
Psychologists and political scientists have found that most voters are uninformed, inconsistent, and easily swayed by irrelevant considerations. Moreover, politicians can use ballot design, media control, and gerrymandering to distort the will of even the most knowledgeable voters. In short, politicians win elections because of things like their height, their facial features, their famous last names, and their position on the ballot, none of which make them qualified leaders. It would be all too easy to conclude that democracy is inherently broken - except that citizens of democracies are healthier, happier, and freer than citizens of other countries. In this talk Professor Oppenheimer will explain why a system that shouldn't work at all in fact works so well. How a system comprised of irrational voters, choosing leaders in poorly designed and biased elections, can still lead to such consistently good outcomes.

100 Edgehill is on the corner of Ogden and Edgehill; interactive map below. Street parking is readily available. Look for the orange balloons!

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Princetonians now at Yale: The Yale Shuttle (blue line) picks up/drops off at East Rock Road and Edgehill (only a block away), and you can always arrange for a security car to take you door to door (203-432-6330).