June 29, 2016
Election, the curiously relevant hit 1999 film starring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick, features two high-schoolers running for class president: Tracy, a workaholic overachiever, and Jim, a popular, underqualified jock. Witherspoon made an indelible impression as an obsessive, ambitious woman. Jim made very little impression at all. How do our attitudes toward these characters change in the context of the 2016 presidential election, which pits a capable if charmless woman against a dangerously magnetic male charlatan?
NYU Washington, DC welcomed Slate writers Jamelle Bouie, Christina Cauterucci, and Katy Waldman who revisited Election’s performances, gender dynamics, and political themes with fresh eyes.
Jamelle Bouie is chief political correspondent for Slate Magazine and a political analyst for CBS News. His work has appeared either online or in print at The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, and several other outlets.
Christina Cauterucci is a staff writer on women and gender for Slate’s DoubleX. She is the former arts editor of Washington City Paper and has worked on NPR’s arts desk. A two-time Georgetown University graduate, Cauterucci lives in Washington, D.C.
Katy Waldman is a staff writer at Slate. She writes about language, culture, and politics, and hosted the Slate Audio Book Club podcast.