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Understanding an Election

President’s Forum Series Focused on Race to the White House

Regardless of party lines or presidential candidate preference, the 2008 election will be one of the most important in the nation’s history. This semester’s President’s Forum Series features experts who will offer their reflections and insight on Republican prospects, issues of race in the presidential election, and an insider’s guide from the widely read political reporter in the country. This fall, the series includes influential politician and Hobart alumnus Richard Rosenbaum ’52, Vanderbilt University Professor and Associate Provost Lucius T. Outlaw, and USA Today‘s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page.

Bringing his career in politics to the Forum, the series opened on Thursday, Sept. 25 with Richard Rosenbaum who talked about his new book, “No Room for Democracy: The Triumph of Ego Over Common Sense.” The former GOP chairman for New York State and a candidate for Governor of New York in 1994 offered first-hand experience of being elected into U.S. office. Rosenbaum, who graduated from Cornell Law School, was one of the youngest Justices to be elected to the New York State Supreme Court – for a full 14 year term – with bipartisan support.  He has been a member of the New York State Bar for more than half a century and is currently Senior Counsel at Nixon Peabody LLP in Rochester, N.Y.

A scholar in social and political philosophy, Lucius Outlaw provided a philosopher’s perspective on the intersection of the election and race as the second speaker on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Outlaw’s research interests include African philosophy, African American philosophy, Marx, critical social theory, and the history of philosophy in the “West.”

Outlaw brought years of teaching philosophic topics related to politics as a former T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy at Haverford College; visiting professor at Spelman College, Howard University and Hamilton College; and David S. Nelson Professor at Boston College. His acclaimed scholarly writings have been published in leading publications, such as Philosophical Forum, Journal of Social Philosophy, Man and World, Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, The Journal of Ethics, and a number of anthologies.

As the Washington Bureau Chief of the most highly circulated newspaper in the country, Susan Page is a leading D.C. reporter and expert on the presidential perspective, She will add her 30 years of expertise to the President’s Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 18. Page has been at the center of all breaking presidential news through six presidential elections and four White House administrations. She has interviewed the past seven U.S. presidents.

An award-winning journalist, Page was onsite to cover the Three Mile Island nuclear mishap hours after it was reported; has traveled extensively in Southeast Asia to chronicle the exodus of Vietnamese boat people; and sat down to dinner with Richard Nixon to hear him critique Ronald Reagan’s reelection campaign.

With varied experiences, approaches and expertise, Rosenbaum, Outlaw and Page all come to the President’s Forum offering insight into how this election will impact the future of politics. The forums will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The public is invited.

The President’s Forum Series was established by President Mark D. Gearan in 2000, and is designed to bring a variety of important figures to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with the entire HWS community as well as the residents of Geneva.