Nate Silver for the Holt Lecture
Friday, September 20, 2013 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Nate Silver has become today’s leading statistician through his innovative analyses of political polling. He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the primaries and the presidential winner in 49 states. Nate runs the award-winning political website FiveThirtyEight.com and his book, The Signal and The Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail — But Some Don’t, is a tour of modern prediction science, uncovering a surprising connection among humility, uncertainty and good results.
Silver recently joined ESPN in a multifaceted role that will include coverage of sports, economics, culture, science and technology on ESPN’s website. FiveThirtyEight.com will continue to provide data-driven coverage of politics, including forecasts of the 2014 and 2016 elections.
The Dennis F. and Brooks Holt Distinguished Lecture, is a speaker’s series established by longtime Price School board of councilor’s member Dennis Holt (founding chairman and CEO of U.S. International Media) and his wife, Brooks. The Holt programs support prominent practitioners, influential policy makers, and visiting scholars, who come to USC to give lectures, meet with students, faculty members, and the public to discuss issues and research in communication and public policy.