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10/23 - 2012 US Presidential Election Series Lecture featuring Matthew R Kerbel PhD and David M Barrett PhD


Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012, at 2:30 PM


Speakers' Corner

Event Description:

Please join us in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 2:30 p.m. for a 2012 US Presidential Election Series lecture featuring Matthew R. Kerbel, PhD, and David M. Barrett, PhD. Dr. Matt Kerbel, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, will be presenting a lecture titled “Understanding the 2012 Election: What’s Likely to Happen in Two Weeks?” He will discuss how—after a long primary campaign, two national conventions and four debates—the 2012 presidential election is about to be decided as voters go to the polls in two weeks and how control of the Senate and possibly the House of Representatives is also at stake. Dr. Kerbel will close his talk by examining how the race stands at the moment and by describing what we can expect to happen on Election Day. Immediately following, Dr. David Barrett, professor, Department of Political Science, will deliver a talk titled “Some Lessons from Political Science about Presidential Elections.” He will provide insight on what political science can reveal about candidates, campaigns, and elections and will also elaborate on how many of the colorful details of campaigns are rather predictable and have minimal influence on the outcome. Finally, Dr. Barrett will talk about instances in which particular debates or other events did seem to shape the outcome on Election Day in prior years and speculate on which events, if any, seem to have mattered so far in the current election cycle. This event, Co-sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library and the Department of Political Science, is free and open to the public. Attendees at this event are also invited to a reading of a new play, "When Truth Is Not Enough," (Driscoll Hall, room 132, 3:30 p.m.), which deals with the PA voter identification law, racism, anti-Semitism and the KKK. The play, which is approved for ACS credit, is being sponsored by Cause Célèbre in association with its Director of Education and Outreach, Mary J. Davis. Following the staged reading, there will be a 15-20 minute Q&A with the playwright, Susan Charlotte, the actors and someone from the Board of Elections.

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