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Electoral politics expert speaks at WMU

Nov. 10, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The volatility of the recent presidential election has brought the issue of electoral politics to the forefront of the nation's consciousness. On Thursday, Nov. 16, the dynamics of that election system will be explored in the annual Sam Clark Lecture at Western Michigan University.

Dr. R. Robert Huckfeldt, professor of political science at Indiana University-Bloomington, will address "Political Majorities, Political Minorities and the Dynamics of Electoral Politics" at 8 p.m. in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall. Sponsored by WMU's Institute of Government and Politics, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Huckfeldt's presentation will explore the psychological and social context of political communication in electoral politics. An active researcher on such electoral topics as social influence, political participation and political communication, Huckfeldt is the author of "Race and the Decline of Class in American Politics," and co-author of "Citizens, Politics and Social Communication: Information and Influence in an Election Campaign."

While at WMU, Huckfeldt also will have an informal discussion with political science faculty and students from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, in Room 3301 of Friedmann Hall.

The Sam Clark Lecture is annual event held in honor of Dr. Samuel L. Clark, WMU professor emeritus of political science and the founding dean of the Lee Honors College. For more information, contact Dr. Neil A. Pinney, associate professor of political science and director of the Institute of Government and Politics, at (616) 387-5372.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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