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Public lecture series follows presidential election

August 28, 2008 -- This year's free public lecture series and course offered by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences will focus on the presidential election, providing students and the community with weekly opportunities to hear expert analyses of the unfolding presidential race.

Artwork from the poster advertising San Francisco State's public lecture series: "The 2008 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis"

Artwork from the poster advertising SF State's 2008 public lecture series

"The 2008 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis" (BSS 275) will explore how campaigns operate and will discuss such issues as the economy, health care, education and foreign policy. Panelists will include SF State faculty experts from a range of disciplines including political science, ethnic studies, elementary education and journalism.

"Given the great interest in the 2008 election with the first African American major party nominee, we're expecting the series to be extremely popular this year," said Dean Joel J. Kassiola, who will lead the course and moderate discussions.

One highlight of the course will be a community event on election night on Tuesday Nov. 4.. "It should be an exciting night for America and the world, as well as on campus as we continue our tradition of watching the elections together," Kassiola said. "A panel of political science faculty experts will provide real-time analysis as the results come in, and there will be plenty of audience discussion."

Now in its sixth year, this annual lecture series and course helps the campus community and the public to better understand contemporary social and public policy issues. The lectures are free and open to the public on a drop-in basis. Students and members of the public can enroll in the course for two units of academic credit on a pass/no pass basis. Further registration details can be found on the College of Extended Learning Web site at:

The course began on Aug. 27 and runs through Dec. 10. Lectures take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 p.m. to 8:55 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center on the SF State campus. No class will be held on Nov. 26.

See the topic schedule below or call (415) 405-2404 for further information.

Class topic schedule:
Sept. 3, The Republican Convention Coverage. How McCain Won the Primary
Sept. 10, The Role of Race and Gender in the 2008 Democratic Presidential Campaign
Sept. 17, The Economy and the Environment
Sept. 24, K-12 Education and Higher Education
Oct. 1, U.S. Foreign Policy: The War in Iraq and the War on Terror
Oct. 8, U.S. Foreign Policy: Russia, China, Middle East, Israel, Latin American and South America
Oct.15, 3rd Presidential Debate: U.S. Foreign Policy
Oct. 22, Immigration
Oct. 29, Health Care, Family and Social Welfare
Nov. 4, Election Night Community Event with Analysis by SF State Political Science Experts
Nov. 12, Post-Election Analysis
Nov. 19, Retrospective on the Primaries and the General Election: Campaign Finance, Lobbying, the Media, the Internet, Blogs, and Grassroots Organizing
Dec. 3, Looking Ahead to the New Administration and the Next Four Years at Home
Dec. 10, Looking Ahead to the New Administration and the Next Four Years Abroad


-- Elaine Bible


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