Is it your brain or your gut that most influences your vote? Find out at NYU's The Neuroscience of Elections and Human Decision-Making. At the Woolworth, 15 Barclay [Bway/Church] on September 17th, 7-9pm. $20.
Politico reporter Jeanne Cummings, speaking of Governor Palin on Washington Week in Review: "John McCain put this woman—and she accepted—in a position to become [vice-] president of the United States in the next 60 days. We don't have enough time to mess around with this. We need to know a lot more about this woman. And it's our job to find out everything we can about her so that voters can make an educated decision about whether they want her that close to the presidency."
At the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park [66th/67th] Creative Time presents "Convergence Center," an exhibition of artworks about democracy. Pictured: Rachel Mason's Kissing President Bush.
Voting absentee this year? Download the form here. Deadline for the application is a postmark 7 days before the election, but we wouldn't wait.
Insight and humor, both in short supply this political season, are replenished on October 22nd, 8pm at the 92nd St. Y, courtesy of Jeffrey Toobin, Andy Borowitz, and Joy Behar on a Countdown to the Election.
At the Museum of the City of New York, Campaigning for President is an exhibit filled with buttons, posters, and other merchandise from campaigns past. New York figures prominently in the history of candidate selection and in the final tallies.
Volunteer: Obama. McCain.
Evangelicals in U.S. Politics & Muslims in Europe, part of the Goethe-Institut's With God on Our Side: The Crisis of the Secular series, with NYU Professor Marcia Pally and Die Zeit editor and cultural commentator Jorg Lau. It takes place on September 17 at Galapagos. Free.
Power & Religion: The African-American Church and American Politics is an evening at CUNY, 365 5th [34th], 7pm, on September 23rd, in which scholars and theologians discuss "the past and continuing influence of African-American churches on U.S. politics." Free.
At Parsons' new facility, the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center beginning October 16th: Ours: Democracy in the Age of Branding, an exhibition of established and emerging artists on the theme of democracy as a global brand. (Image: Ariel Orozco, Contrapeso, 2003)