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Campaign Practices

Campaign Practices Then and Now

Category: Season 2


G. Terry Madonna, Ph.D.

Franklin and Marshall College

As a pollster, Dr. G. Terry Madonna has written extensively about political campaigns and voters and voting behavior. Dr. Madonna will address the serious, comical and sometimes outrageous campaign strategies used in Pennsylvania gubernatorial races, past and present.

For more than 30 years, Dr. G. Terry Madonna has taught and written about the American presidency, American political parties and political behavior. At Franklin and Marshall College, he is Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Professor of Public Affairs, and Director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll.

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The Climate of Belief: American Public Opinion on Climate Change

Category: Season 2

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Christopher Borick, Ph.D.

Muhlenberg College

Climate change has gained enormous visibility during the past few years, reflected in a range of American policy initiatives. But what does the American public think about the issue of climate change and possible policy responses? Dr. Borick discusses how media, political parties and other factors affect American views on climate change.

Dr. Borick is Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. He is a
nationally recognized public opinion researcher whose work has appeared in numerous periodicals including Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. He has also provided analysis for the BBC, NPR, PBS, CBS News and NBC Nightly News.

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Politics and Religion

A Crash Course on Politics & Religion

Category: Season 2

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Jeffrey W. Robbins, Ph.D.

Lebanon Valley College

In the late 1960s Jerry Falwell promoted that preachers had no business in political affairs. By the 1980s, he was a political proponent for the Evangelical Right. In 1960, John F. Kennedy said, “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.” During the 2012 Presidential Campaign, candidates spoke of the necessary interrelationship between religion and politics. Dr. Robbins discusses how the idea of the post-secular helps to make sense of current struggles for power throughout the world.

Dr. Robbins is a co-editor of the Columbia University Press book series “Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture,” Chair of Religion & Philosophy; Professor of Religion; and Director of American Studies at Lebanon Valley College.

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Elizabeth Cady Stanton & The Women’s Movement

Category: Season 4

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Dr. Lori D. Ginzberg

Pennsylvania State University

An historian of nineteenth-century American women, Dr. Ginzberg’s research has focused on the ways that ideologies about gender obscure the material and ideological realities of class, how women of different groups express political identities, and the ways that commonsense notions of American life shape, contain, and control radical ideas. She has taught a wide range of courses in U.S. history, women’s history, lesbian and gay history, and feminist theory.

In this lecture we learn about brilliant, self-righteous, and charming, Elizabeth Cady Stanton. the founding philosopher of the American movement for woman’s rights. Best known for declaring that “all men and women are created equal” in 1848, and her demand for the vote, she also sought to rethink and remake women’s status in politics, law, religion, and marriage.

Considered radical at the time, her ideas (a women’s right to own property, acquire an education, exercise a vote, speak out in church and state, get a divorce) are now largely viewed as common sense. However, like all leaders, Stanton was a complex figure. Her absolutism about “woman’s rights” contained a racist and elitist strand that continues to shape her legacy.

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Gerrymandering 101

Category: Season 7

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Justin Villere

Justin Villere is the Managing Director of Draw the Lines PA, a project by the Committee of Seventy. Justin has managed projects with Seventy since 2016, including Draw the Lines since its launch. His background in civic engagement started as a two-time AmeriCorps alumnus. He has a Master’s in Public Administration from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Colorado.

Are you dismayed by dysfunction in Washington and Harrisburg, unable to pass legislation that even the vast majority of people support? One of the primary causes is gerrymandering, which is the common practice of drawing election maps in a way that distorts district lines to favor one political party or set of candidates. Hear from Draw the Lines PA, which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit project that aims to engage Pennsylvania’s voters in understanding how gerrymandering undermines our democracy.

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Eisenhower National Historic Site VIRTUAL TOUR

Category: Season 7

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Daniel J. Vermilya, National Park Service Ranger

Daniel Vermilya is a park ranger at the Eisenhower National Historic Site, in Gettysburg, PA. He joined the National Park Service in 2010, and has previously worked at Antietam National Battlefield, Monocacy National Battlefield, and Gettysburg National Military Park.

The Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, PA, preserves the only home that Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower ever owned. Purchased in 1950, the Eisenhowers used their Gettysburg home throughout their time in the White House, with their peaceful farm serving as a getaway from Washington, D.C., as well as an idyllic spot to bring world leaders to forge better connections between the U.S. and the rest of the world. Join Ranger Dan Vermilya for this program exploring the Eisenhower National Historic Site and its significance in the lives of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower. This program will include both historic and modern photographs taking visitors through the grounds and buildings of the Eisenhower National Historic Site.