News Release: Politics

Oct. 8,  2008

Election '08 Panel Discussion Hosted by Emory Libraries

Emory's Nationally Known Political Science Experts Featured

An Oct. 8 panel discussion on the dynamics, trends, developments and resources surrounding the 2008 presidential election is on tap and packed with Emory University political science notables.

The free public event from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Jones Room of the Robert W. Woodruff Library is co-sponsored by the Emory College Council. Panelists include:

  • Merle Black, the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Politics and Government and the nation's foremost authority on politics in the Southeastern United States.
  • Alan Abramowitz, the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science and a renowned expert on national politics and elections.
  • Andra Gillespie, an assistant professor of political science whose areas of research include political participation and racial and ethnic politics in the United States.
  • Beth Reingold, an associate professor of political science, whose research focuses upon women and politics and issues of political identity at both the state and national levels.

"Both Black and Abramowitz are quoted almost daily by local, national and international media outlets for their views on U.S. political trends and dynamics," says organizer Chris Palazzolo, a social sciences librarian and adjunct political science instructor at Emory. Gillespie and Reingold bring their expertise on how race and gender affect politics and voters to the discussion during a groundbreaking election.

The 4 p.m. start time also allows those who observe Yom Kippur—which begins at sunset that day (7:12 p.m.) —to participate.

Two related exhibitions on U.S. elections are ongoing in the Robert W. Woodruff Library through Nov. 15:

  • "From GW to GW (and Beyond): Presidents, Politics and Primaries": Highlights Emory Libraries materials that address numerous presidential election trends and developments over time. Topics include the nomination process, the role of primaries and caucuses, televised debates, electoral advertising and marketing, exception elections, landmark historic contests and the Electoral College. On exhibition during regular library hours through Nov. 15 in the New Books Rotunda, Level Three, Robert W. Woodruff Library building.
  • "From GW to GW: Presidents, Politics and Power": Displays a wide variety of primary source materials on the presidency, all collected from the Emory Libraries' rich federal depository program. Examples include a copy of George Washington's 1789 election from the Annals of Congress, as well as a copy of the Supreme Court decision that put our current president, George W. Bush, in office following the tempestuous 2000 election in which his main rival was Al Gore. Copies of Ronald Reagan's speech following the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and Richard Nixon's terse resignation letter from August 1974 also are displayed. On exhibition during regular library hours through Nov. 15 on Level 1 of the Robert W. Woodruff Library building.

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