Top political analysts will gather Monday, Oct. 6 at Southern Connecticut State University for a conversation about the fight for control of Congress and other hotly contested races in Connecticut.

The program, “Election 2014: Polls, Pundits, and Popcorn” runs from noon to 2 p.m. at SCSU’s Michael J. Adanti Student Center, Grand Ballroom. It is free and open to the public.

Jennifer Dineen, director of the University of Connecticut/Hartford Courant poll, will deliver an overview of the latest polling numbers conducted by a variety of organizations. Laura Baum, project director of the Wesleyan Media Project, will look at the trends in political TV advertising and which ads are resonating with the public.

Those presentations will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Art Paulson, chairman of the SCSU Political Science Department; Gary Rose, chairman of the Sacred Heart University Department of Government and Political Science, and Scott McLean, professor of political science at Quinnipiac University. The panel will be moderated by Christine Stuart editor-in-chief of