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Uncomfortable Conversations – The People's Will?
Start Date: 9/17/2019Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 9/17/2019End Time: 8:30 PM
Event Description:
Americans choose presidents through the Electoral College. What is it? Why do we have it? Why have some U.S. Presidents – including two of the last three – received fewer popular votes than rival candidates, yet won the presidency? Is the Electoral College still relevant? And, if we wanted to change it, is it even possible?

These are the questions that will be addressed by our panel of political analysts.

Baron-Forness Library

About the panelists

Gerry Gendlin is an associate professor of International Politics at Edinboro University, where he has taught courses in Russian Politics, American Foreign Policy, National Security, Terrorism and Political Violence, and American Politics since 2002. Dr. Gendlin holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He has held research and teaching positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and the College of the Holy Cross. He maintains an active research agenda, presenting at national and regional conferences, and is regularly engaged by the media as an analyst of global affairs.

Bridget Jeffery has served as assistant professor of Political Science at Edinboro University since 1997. Her research has included analyzing the influences of political factors, judicial decisions, campaign finance policies and President Nixon’s federal judicial appointment strategy. In addition, she serves as academic advisor for first-semester Porreco College students. Jeffery earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Kansas and has taught courses such as Law and Society, Judicial Process and Behavior, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Law, Women and Politics and American Presidency.

Brian Lasher is a retired career Naval Officer who conducted strategic planning and joint operations in the Middle East and Africa. In 2007-2008, he was assigned to the Strategic Engagements Division of Multi-National Forces Iraq in Baghdad, where he was responsible for planning inter-governmental support for economic development and reconstruction. Lasher holds a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Strategic Studies from the Army War College. He teaches International Relations, Advanced Placement (AP) Government and AP World History at Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy in Erie.

About the series: Launched during the 2017-2018 academic year, Uncomfortable Conversations was developed as a series to engage in meaningful, civil discourse on timely, often sensitive, issues that are shaping the national dialogue.
Location Information:
Edinboro University - Baron-Forness Library
200 Tartan Drive
Edinboro, PA 16444
Uncomfortable Conversations
Event Open To:
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