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In the United States, elections dramatize the dynamics of power while mobilizing the public to participate in the democratic process. The 2012 elections inspire this year’s theme, “Power and Publics.” Taxpayers, primary voters, swing voters, independent voters, values voters, non-voters, minors, immigrants, Asian Americans, African Americans, evangelicals, bloggers, the 1%, the 99%, whites, blacks, Southerners, Yankees, liberals, conservatives, and people of color are all labels we place on individuals groups that have influence on our shared public life. This year, we invite you to join our community of humanists in a discussion of various publics and their political power.