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Midterm Election Panel

With midterm elections looming, the political stage is one of uncertainty and intrigue.  The possible takeover of the House by Republicans could see major changes for the country while the Tea Party movement has inspired both patriotic fervor and fury. Throw in accusations of witchcraft and the upcoming elections were certainly worthy of debate and discussion.

Associate Professor of Political Science Cedric Johnson, Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman and President Mark D. Gearan led a discussion on the issues surrounding the midterm elections on Monday, Oct. 18 in the Cellar Pub.  The members of the panel spoke briefly on Election 2010 before opening the floor to questions and comments from the audience.  Students voiced their opinions and questions in what was a heated and thoughtful discussion.

Johnson holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland-College Park, and a master’s degree in Black Studies from the Ohio State University.  He also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern University-Baton Rouge.  Johnson’s writings have appeared in In These Times, Monthly Review and New Political Science

Deutchman holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree from Hofstra University in political science and economics. She has a long list of publications in major journals, the latest of which is “Electoral Challenges of Moderate Factions: Main Streeters and Blue Dogs, 1994-2008,” published in The Forum, Summer 2010, written with Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas.

Gearan has been an active figure in politics since the 1988 Dukakis presidential campaign, when he served as manager for Dukakis’ campaign, as well as Press Secretary at the campaign’s national headquarters.  After Clinton won the nomination for president, Gearan became Al Gore’s campaign manager during his run for vice presidency.  During the Clinton Administration, Gearan served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff, and was eventually promoted to Assistant to the President and Director of Communications and Strategic Planning. Gearan went on to serve as Director of the Peace Corps before joining HWS as president in 1999.

Since the 2006 elections, a combination of Professor Johnson, Professor Lucas, Professor Deutchman and President Gearan have participated in a number of talks on the elections.  Many students have attended and the conversations have been lively.