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Lecture addresses religion and Canadian politics

Sept. 26, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The role religion has played in shaping Canadians' political attitudes is the topic of a discussion Friday, Oct. 3, by a Western Michigan University alumnus.

Dr. John R. Petrocik, professor and chair of political science at the University of Missouri, will speak on the divide on moral issues among Canadian voters at a forum at 2 p.m. in Room 3301 of Friedmann Hall. Petrocik, who earned his bachelor's degree from WMU and his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago, is an author and WMU's 2008 Department of Political Science Alumni Achievement Award winner.

His discussion will analyze the role religion plays in cultural and religious conflicts, emphasizing electoral politics, public opinion, voting and political parties.

He is published widely in top political science journals including American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics and American Journal of Political Science. His most recent book, "Unconventional Wisdom," forthcoming from Oxford University Press, analyzes the role of candidates in setting the issue criteria voters use to chose among candidates.

For more information, contact Susan Hoffmann, WMU director of the Institute of Government and Politics, at susan.hoffmann.edu or (269) 387-5692.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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