Associate Professor of Political Science DeWayne Lucas led a program, “Election 2008: Making Sense of It All,” on March 10 at the Wood Library on North Main Street in Canandaigua.
Lucas's talk was part of the library's “Election 2008 Series,” and offered more than two dozen patrons a chance to learn, explore and talk election politics over coffee.
For some 90 minutes, they talked about “what's going to happen with the Democrats, especially,” he said, refreshing the audience's understanding of the U.S. electoral process and comparing it with that of other countries. Other topics included issues surrounding the possibility of electing the first black or woman president; the impact of the youth vote and generational differences; the role of local caucuses and primaries; the popular vote and the electoral college; as well as answering the age-old question, “Does my vote really matter?”
A member of the faculty since 2000, Lucas teaches courses on Introduction to American Politics, Elections and Voting, Political Parties in the United States, and The American Congress. He holds a B.A. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and his M.A. and Ph.D. from State University at Binghamton.