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American University Professor Speaks on Political Elections at Annandale

American University’s Dr. Allan Lichtman
American University’s Dr. Allan Lichtman speaks to a packed seminar room at the Annandale Campus for Constitution Day on Sept. 22.
American University’s Dr. Allan Lichtman
Dr. Allan Lichtman speaks about “The 13 Keys to the White House” during his Constitution Day lecture at the Annandale Campus.

American University Professor Dr. Allan Lichtman recently spoke to students, faculty, staff and community members for Constitution Day at the Annandale Campus. More than 100 people showed up to hear Lichtman speak about predicting political elections and to ask questions about the 2016 presidential elections.

Lichtman – a recipient of American University’s 1992-93 Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award and author and co-author of eight books – presented “The 13 Keys to the White House” in which he asked the audience 13 true or false questions that lead to a prediction of the next president. Lichtman’s keys system to predicting the White House has correctly predicted the popular vote outcome of every election since 1984.

Before starting his speech, he spoke to students about the importance of the millennial vote because they will be the people who will be affected by it in the future.

It’s you people, you millennials who will see the results of this election,” he said. “I’m here to give you a totally different view on how presidential election in America work.”

Lichtman quickly discussed how he and an earthquake prediction expert from Russia collaborated on the keys system before going through the 13 keys and taking questions from the audience. Many of the students were interested in his thoughts on the current election year and some of the biggest issues facing the American economy today.

“This year is by far the most puzzling I’ve ever seen. We’ve never seen a candidate like Donald Trump,” he said. “Get beyond the candidates’ personalities, because you don’t have to like them.”

Before closing out his lecture, Lichtman made it very clear that the keys are important, not only because of their accuracy in predicting the presidential election, but because they encourage people to discuss political history.

“The important thing about these keys is that you have to debate and discuss American political history,” Lichtman said. “You have to put your own political preference aside.”

Lichtman is a history professor at American University. His most recent books are “FDR and the Jews” (Harvard, 2013) with Richard Breitman and “The Keys to the White House, 2012 Edition” (Rowman& Littlefield).  Lichtman and Breitman’s work won the National Jewish Book Award in American Jewish History, and the book was a New York Times editor’s choice in 2013. This body of work was also a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History.


To see Lichtman’s Constitution Day speech at Annandale, go here.


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