Panel Series to be Held at Mount Union College

May 10, 2010

Mount Union College's Center for Public Service will present a panel series with the first session, focusing on the 2006 mid-term election, scheduled for October 12 at 7 p.m. in Presser Recital Hall. The panel consists of four speakers ' Dr. Steve Hook, Dr. David B. Cohen, Dr. Scott Waalkes and Dr. John Bing.

Hook is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Kent State University. His topic will be Public Opinion, Foreign Policy and the 2006 Election. He will focus on public opinion and U.S. foreign policy during the past two years, and the likely impact of foreign policy versus domestic issues on voting choices. He will discuss and summarize recent surveys that register widespread dissatisfaction with foreign policy issues but suggest that domestic, primarily economic issues are likely to have greater impact, as they traditionally do.

Cohen, associate professor of political science and fellow of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics of The University of Akron, will be speaking about Security Issues and Campaign 2006 in the Buckeye State. He will provide an overview of the 2006 mid-term races and the role foreign policy, national security and homeland security issues have played in the electoral process. He will focus primarily on the Ohio U.S. Senate race and also look at the various House of Representatives races and even the governor's race. He will discuss several key Congressional races across the country and look back at the 2002 and 2004 elections as well.

Waalkes is the professor of international politics at Malone College. His topic will be Whatever Happened to Democracy Promotion? and President Bush's second inaugural address which focused heavily on the promotion of freedom worldwide ' especially in the Middle East. He believes that this vision promised to be a major guide to foreign policy, however, in recent months, this positive rhetoric has been replaced by gloomier speeches from the president. Waalkes is asking, 'What happened?'

Bing, professor of political science and anthropology at Heidleberg College, will discuss issues that are important, particularly referencing Africa. He will be addressing issues that are presently not part of the political mid-term election debate and the basic reasons why this is so. He will point out that many believe that Americans are intellectually conservative and operationally liberal and suggest how this plays out during an election campaign. He will also touch on the framing of issues and the symbolic content of both the debate and any subsequent policy action. He will conclude by discussing the role of fear and fear-mongering that attends any election campaign.

The series will be moderated by Dr. Michael Grossman, director of international studies and assistant professor of political science at Mount Union.

This event is free and open to the public.

Mount Union established the Center for Public Service to prepare students for careers in public service. The Center is a response to the urgent and ongoing need for additional public servants in our federal, state and local government.

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