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September 10, 2004

Weissman Center Offers Fall Series on 2004 Presidential Election

In a semester-long series of public conversations and events, the Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts has invited journalists, scholars, and cultural figures to address the relationship between the 2004 U.S. presidential election and the precarious state of world affairs.

Titled The Road [Not] Taken: The Real Choices of the 2004 Presidential Election,the series will focus on questions not being asked elsewhere, especially in the mainstream media, according to professor of German studies and Weissman Center codirector Karen Remmler.

“We want Mount Holyoke students to have a better understanding of the complexity of both domestic and global issues involved in this election,” Remmler said. “We want to help students make more informed choices, and the broader community to join us in public conversations and debate.”

The series will kick off with a voter registration drive, cosponsored with the Office of Student Programs and The Network, during the Welcome Back Carnival Sunday, September 12, on Skinner Green from 1 to 5 pm. There will be tables with Massachusetts registration forms and information about polling places. For out-of-state voters, there will be information about absentee ballots and deadlines for each state.

Representatives from College Democrats, College Republicans, True Colors, and People Opposing War plan to set up information booths at the drive. Doria Roberts, an Atlanta-based singer/songwriter/political activist, will perform at 7:30 pm.

“The great thing about kicking off the election series in conjunction with the Welcome Back Carnival is that it sets the tone for the rest of the events as educational and really fun at the same time,” said Abby Ferguson ’03, assistant director of the Weissman Center.

On Thursday, September 16, Theodore Lowi and Sean Wilentz will pick up where they left off in their post-2000 election discussion at MHC. Lowi, senior professor of American institutions at Cornell, and Wilentz, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at Princeton, will engage in a dialogue titled, “Winner Takes All? The Effect of the 2000 Election on the 2004 Race to the Finish,” which will take place in Gamble Auditorium at 7:30 pm.

Mary Renda, associate professor of history and women’s studies, will serve as moderator. Lowi and Wilentz will tackle the following questions: What are the myths that obscure the real issues of the 2004 elections? Will the present political momentum affect voter turnout in this election? Was the outcome of the 2000 presidential election a “profound shock to our system,” and how do we view it now, four years later?

On Wednesday, September 22, Labor Party national organizer Mark Dudzic will discuss the various agendas in U.S. party politics. Included in a cluster of discussions during and after the overall series, his talk “Competing Social Visions of the 2004 Presidential Election” will take place in the Stimson Room in the library at 7:30 pm. Preston H. Smith II, associate director of politics and associate director of the Weissman Center for community-based learning, will moderate.

Switching gears, the next event in the series is a panel discussion that will explore the meaning and impact of the images of war in Iraq that have circulated in the mainstream and alternative media. Professor of politics Joan Cocks will moderate “Visual Exposures: Media Images and the War in Iraq” Monday, September 27, in the New York Room of Mary Woolley Hall at 7:30 pm. Panelists include Dorit Naamen, Ford associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center and professor of film studies at Queen’s University in Canada; Margaret R. Hunt, professor of history and women’s and gender study at Amherst College; Sut Jhally, professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts; and Remmler.

“Our discussion will focus on the way that images influence contradictory public reactions and understanding of the war in Iraq,” Remmler said. “Two of our panelists, Naaman and Sully, are documentary filmmakers and their insights on critical documentary films, such as Fahrenheit 9/11, Control Room, and Hijacking Catastrophe, will inform a broader discussion of the role of mainstream media in conveying news and analysis of current events.”

The Weissman series will host an event every week leading up to election. A postelection discussion with Frances Fox Piven, distinguished professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY, and others is scheduled for Thursday, November 4. All events are free and open to the public. For more information on the series, go to www.mtholyoke.edu/go/wcl.

 

Schedule of Events
The Road [Not] Taken: The Real Choices
of the 2004 Presidential Election

 

Sunday, September 12, 1–5 pm
Voter Registration Drive
Blanchard Campus Center and Skinner Green

Sunday, September 12, 7:30 pm
Folksinger Doria Roberts
Blanchard Campus Center

Thursday, September 16, 7:30 pm
Winner Takes All? The Effect of the 2000 Election on the 2004 Race to the Finish
Speakers: Theodore Lowi, Senior Professor of American Institutions at Cornell, and Sean Wilentz, Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at Princeton
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

Wednesday, September 22, 7:30 pm
Competing Social Visions of the 2004
Presidential Election
Speaker: Mark Dudzic, Labor Party national
organizer Stimson Room, Williston Library

Monday, September 27, 7:30 pm
Visual Exposures: Media Images and
the War in Iraq
Speakers: Dorit Naaman, Ford associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center and professor of film studies at Queen’s University in Canada; Margaret R. Hunt, professor of history and women’s and gender study at Amherst College; Sut Jhally,
professor of communication at the University of Massachusetts; and Karen Remmler, professor of German studies and Weissman Center for Leadership and the Liberal Arts codirector
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall

Thursday, October 7, 7:30 pm
Human Rights in the U.S. and Abroad:
Who Decides Which Rights Are Guaranteed?
Speakers: Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value at Harvard, and John Shattuck, chief executive officer at the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and former assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights, and labor
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

Thursday, October 14, 7:30 pm
The Significance of the Latino Vote
to the 2004 Presidential Election
Speakers: Rodolfo do la Garza, professor of political
science and vice president for research at Tomás Rivera Policy Institute of Columbia University; Lisa Garcia Bedolla, assistant professor of political science at University of California at Irvine; and Andres Torres, professor and director of the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy at University of Massachusetts Boston
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

Thursday, October 21, 7:30 pm
Views from Abroad: The International Implications of the 2004 Election Outcome
Speakers: Claude de Renty du Granrut, deputy mayor of Senlis, France; His Excellency Péter Balázs, Hungarian representative at the European Convention, where he helped draft the European Union’s first constitution; Janine Zacharia, Washington correspondent for the Jerusalem Post; and Federick O. Wanyama, from the department of history and political science at Maseno University in Kenya
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

Wednesday, October 27, 7:30 pm
Voting Matters: Who Votes and Why?
Speakers: Victoria Blom ’06, Heather Fraser ’06, and Amanda Smith ’06
Room 305, Kendade Hall

Thursday, November 4, 7:30 pm
The Postelection Snapshot
Speaker: Frances Fox Piven, distinguished professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate School and University Center of CUNY
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building

 

 

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