September 25, 2008

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host three panel discussions with faculty members examining key issues in the 2008 presidential election.

All events in The Political Forum: Election 2008 series are free to the public and will be held in the Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell. The series is sponsored by the Bucknell departments of economics and political science.

Domestic policy issues
The first panel discussion, "Domestic Policy Issues and Events," is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.

Panelists and their topics include: Amy Wolaver, economics, "Health Care Politics and Economics in the 2008 Election"; Nancy White, economics, "Tax Policy and the 2008 Election"; John Doces, political science, "Nixon Lied: We're Only Now All Keynesians"; Josh Preiss, political science, "McCain v. Obama: Their Visions of Social Justice"; and Gregory Krohn, economics, "Federal Budget Deficits and Debt." Bucknell professor of economics Jan Knoedler will serve as moderator.

Presidential politics
The second, "The Politics of Presidential Elections," will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m.

Moderator and political science professor Scott Meinke, who will examine "A Changing Electoral Map? The Electoral College and the 2008 Campaign," will be joined by Atiya Stokes-Brown, political science, discussing "Politics, the Internet, and the 2008 Election: The Rise of Technology as an Election Tool"; Christopher Magee, economics, "Campaign Money and the 2008 Election"; and Robin Jacobson, political science, "Intersecting Identities and the Presidential Campaign: Race, Religion and Gender in the 2008 Campaign."

Foreign policy issues
The final panel discussion, "Foreign Policy Issues and Affairs," will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 20.

Knoedler will moderate a discussion with Tony Massoud, political science, "The Middle East and the 2008 Election"; Zhiqun Zhu, political science and international relations, "The Election and the Future of U.S.-East Asia Relations"; Berhanu Nega, economics, "Restoring the Respect for America in the Developing World"; Doug Hecock, political science, "Who Cares About Latin America? 'So Far From God, So Close to The United States'"; Thomas Kinnaman, economics, "Addressing Climate Change: Expectations of the U.S. and the World"; and David Mitchell, international relations and political science, "McCain and Obama: Foreign Policy Differences and Similarities."

Contact: Division of Communications

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