WMU News

Partisan realignment in politics is focus of lecture

Sept. 17, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- An expert in election outcomes and redistricting will examine "Partisan Realignment from a Regional Perspective" in the annual Sam Clark Lecture to be held Thursday, Sept. 20, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Charles Bullock, professor of political science at the University of Georgia, will present his lecture at 7 p.m. in Room 2303 of Sangren Hall. Sponsored by WMU's Institute of Government and Politics and the Department of Political Science, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Bullock has researched and written extensively on the relationship between partisan, gender and racial composition of multimember governing bodies and the election structure. He also has examined political change in the South, including the impact the growth of the Republican Party and increased political participation by African American's has had on the political structure in that region.

The Sam Clark Lecture is an annual event held in honor of the late Dr. Samuel L. Clark, founding dean of WMU's Lee Honors College. For more information, contact Dr. Gunther M. Hega, WMU associate professor of political science and director of the Institute of Government and Politics, at (616) 387-5885.

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

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