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CC Hosts Midterm Election Symposium

Colorado College is hosting a Midterm Election Symposium featuring a variety of speakers, including journalists, politicians and academics. A series of events, many of them open to the Colorado Springs community as well as members of the Colorado College community, are planned in the weeks before and after the 2018 midterm elections. All events are free, but two of the events, talks by April Ryan, a political analyst for CNN, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, will require tickets.

The symposium schedule includes:
 
7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24: Thomas B. Edsall, American politics writer for The New York Times
Edsall is best known for his weekly opinion column for The New York Times online and for his 25 years covering national politics for the Washington Post.  A New York Times contributing op-ed writer, he covers American politics, inequality, campaign strategy and demographics. Kathryn Mohrman Theatre, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St. 

Noon, Monday, Oct. 29: Academics panel
This panel will feature Professors of Political Science Anand Sokhey of the University of Colorado, Boulder; Deborah Schildkraut of Tufts University; and Joanne Miller, University of Minnesota. Gaylord Hall, first floor of the Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Lunch served; RSVP required to Jessica Pauls.

7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30: April Ryan, political analyst for CNN
Ryan is an American journalist and author. Since 1997, she has served as a White House correspondent and is the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks. In 2017, she joined CNN as a political analyst. In May 2017, the National Association of Black Journalists named Ryan as the "Journalist of the Year.” As one of the few African Americans in the White House press corps, Ryan frequently asks questions on issues concerning minorities. Kathryn Mohrman Theatre, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St. TICKETS REQUIRED, available at the Worner Information Desk.

7 p.m., Monday Nov. 5: Thomas Holt, professor of American and African American history at University of Chicago
Holt was a fellow of both the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars from 1987 to 1988. The title of his talk is “Celebration of Frederick Douglass’ Birthday.” He received the Wilbur Cross Medal from Yale University in 2014 and the Presidential Initiatives Award from the University of Michigan from 1987 to 1989. Gaylord Hall, first floor of the Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.

12:15 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7: Jim Stimson, professor of political science at University of North Carolina
Stimson is the Raymond Dawson Distinguished Bicentennial Professor of Political Science an UNC and the author of “Tides of Consent: How Public Opinion Shapes American Politics.” He returned to Chapel Hill in 1997 after appointments to the political science faculties at SUNY at Buffalo, Florida State, and the universities of Houston, Iowa, and Minnesota. South Hall, 130 E. Cache La Poudre St. Lunch served; RSVP required to Jessica Pauls.

7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 12: John Kasich, governor of Ohio
Kasich, the 69th and current governor of Ohio, was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Kasich is a member of the Republican Party; his second term ends on Jan. 14, 2019, and he is ineligible for reelection due to term limits. Kasich unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for President in 2000 and 2016. Kasich refused to support the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and did not attend the Republican National Convention of 2016, which was held in his state; he reported that he wrote-in the name of U.S. Senator and former 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain. Kathryn Mohrman Theatre, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St. TICKETS REQUIRED, available at the Worner Information Desk beginning 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, for the campus community, and Monday, Nov. 5, for the public.

12: 15 p.m., Thursday Nov. 29: Colorado politics panel
The Colorado politics panel was made up of state representatives, public opinion experts, and Colorado political scientists. All experts in their fields, they broke down the election and how it matters for Colorado. Gaylord Hall, first floor of the Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Lunch served; RSVP required to Jessica Pauls.

The symposium is organized by Assistant Professor of Political Science Elizabeth Coggins and Associate Professor of Political Science Dana Wolfe. Sponsors include CC’s Department of Political Science, the William Jovanovich Lecture in Public Affairs Fund, Fred A. Sondermann Memorial Fund, and Marianne Lannon Lopat Memorial Lecture Fund.