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Civility in Politics Lecture Series

Date: October 25, 2005

In an attempt to educate citizens about the merits of thoughtful political discourse,

Lewis & Clark College proudly announces

The Civility in Politics Lecture Series
Mayor Tom Potter
“Community Visioning and the Future of Portland”
Tuesday, October 18, 6:30p.m.
Templeton Student Center, Council Chamber

Congressman Dan Rostenkowski
“Partisanship and Camaraderie in American Politics”
Thursday, October 25, 6:30 p.m.
Templeton Student Center, Council Chamber

Dan Rostenkowski came to Washington as a congressman representing his northwest neighborhood of Chicago in 1959, and didn’t leave until 1994. By the time of his legislative retirement, he had been chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee for more than a dozen years. He also served as chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation. Earlier, as a member of the leadership, he chaired the House Democratic Caucus.

He now heads Danross Associations, a Chicago consulting firm, is a political commentator for Fox television, a senior fellow at Loyola University Chicago, as well as a speaker and college lecturer.

David D. Laitin
James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
Hard Targets: Evidence on the Tactical Use of Suicide Attacks
Thursday, November 3, 6:30 p.m.
Templeton Student Center, Council Chamber

Professor Laitin is the author of several books, including Identity in Formation: the Russian-speaking Populations in the Near Abroad(Cornell University Press, 1998), and Language Repertoires and State Construction in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 1992). He has also written numerous articles, including “What is a Language Community” (American Journal of Political Science, 2000), and “Peacekeeping, Nation-building, and the Problem of Weak States” (International Security, 2004, co-authored with James Fearon). His research concerns ethnicity, language and nationalism.

Arlene W. Saxonhouse
Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan
Free Speech and Democracy: A View from Ancient Athens
Thursday, November 10, 6:30 p.m.
Templeton Student Center, Council Chamber

Professor Saxonhouse’s scholarship includes Fear of Diversity: The Birth of Political Science in Ancient Greek Thought (University of Chicago Press, 1992), and “Democracy, Equality and Eide: A Radical View from Book 8 of Plato’s Republic,” (American Political Science Review, 1998). She is the author of the forthcoming Free Speech and Democracy in Ancient Athens (Cambridge University Press, 2005). Her current explains how ancient political theory contributes to democratic theory, and how gender in Plato’s dialogues casts questions on traditional readings of his political thought.

George F. Bishop
Professor of Political Science, University of Cincinnati
Religious Beliefs and Illusions in America
Thursday, April 20, 2006, 6:30 p.m.
Templeton Student Center, Council Chamber

Professor Bishop work continues to serve as critical reading for public opinion students and scholars. His groundbreaking work includes “Pseudo-opinions on Public Affairs” (Public Opinion Quarterly, 1980, co-authored with Robert W. Oldendick; Alfred J. Tuchfarber; Stephen E. Bennett), and more recently The Illusion of Public Opinion: fact and artifact in American public opinion polls (Rowman and Littlefield, 2005). Dr. Bishop’s recent work evaluates how religion, politics and public opinion intersect in 20th Century American politics.

The Civility in Politics Lecture Series is presented by Lewis & Clark’s political science department, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Dean. It is sponsored in large part by a generous grant from the Arkay Foundation.

All lectures are free and open to the general public.

Parking is available on campus lots for a small fee. For more information, call (503) 768-7640.

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