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Top Scholars to Offer Diverse Perspectives in Oct. 30 Election Forum at LIU Post

Experts in politics & policy from Rutgers, Boston College, Holy Cross & Fayetteville State will tackle the issues behind the campaigns; lecture Oct. 31 by panelist Edward Stringham will examine federal government’s role in economy


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University

Brookville, N.Y. – Leading scholars from Massachusetts, New Jersey and North Carolina will convene at LIU Post Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 12:30 p.m. for a forum on the issues driving the campaigns in the 2012 presidential election.

Stephen Eric Bronner of Rutgers University, R. Shep Melnick of Boston College, David Lewis Schaefer of Holy Cross College and Edward P. Stringham of Fayetteville State University will discuss the close, and closely watched, race between President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney.

The forum, which will take place in Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall, will be moderated by LIU Post philosophy professor Shawn Welnak, and will also include questions from the audience.

“We’ll pose tough questions to these great thinkers, and we will have thought-provoking answers from a variety of perspectives,” Welnak said. “This discussion will go beyond the slogans, one-liners and specific policy proposals and attempt to get at the underlying theoretical differences guiding such things. Such as like the appropriate role of the government and the general direction of our country.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, Stringham will present a lecture on “The Federal Government and the Future of the Economy” in Lorber Hall Room 100 at LIU Post from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Speaker bios:

Stephen Eric Bronner is a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University. He is the recipient of many awards, including the 2011 MEPeace Prize from the Middle East Political Network based in Jerusalem, and is chair of the Executive Committee of SU Academics for Peace.

R. Shep Melnick is a Professor of American Politics at Boston College. He teaches a variety of courses on American politics, including Courts and Public Policy, Democracy in America and Right in Conflict. Melnick’s research focuses on the intersection of law and politics.

David Lewis Schaefer is a Professor of Political Science at Holy Cross College, where he teaches courses on political philosophy and American political thought. Among his authored books are “The Political Philosophy of Montaigne” and “Illiberal Justice: John  Rawls vs. the American Political Tradition.” He has contributed many articles and reviews to scholarly journals.

Edward P. Stringham is the Lloyd V. Hackley Endowed Chair for Capitalism and Free Enterprise Studies at Fayetteville State University. He is past president of the Association of Private Enterprise Education, editor of the Journal of Private Enterprise, editor of two books and author of more than two dozen articles in refereed journals. He has been featured in numerous news media appearances.

Posted 10/18/2012

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