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09/11/2012

U.S. Presidency Expert Lined Up as Constitution Day Speaker

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 A Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University, Edwards will draw from his book, “Why the Electoral College is Bad for America,” for the lecture.
 His visit is sponsored by the West Forum, which started in 2002 and moved to Winthrop in 2008. Named for John West, a former S.C. governor and professor, the forum promotes civic engagement in South Carolina.

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George C. Edwards III
ROCK HILL, S.C. - George C. Edwards III, one of the foremost experts on the U.S. presidency, will analyze “Why the Electoral College is Bad for America” during Winthrop's observance of Constitution Day on Sept. 13.

His lecture will take place from 11 a.m. to noon in Dina's Place in the DiGiorgio Campus Center. A Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University, Edwards will draw from his book, “Why the Electoral College is Bad for America,” (2011 Yale University Press) for the lecture. A leading scholar of the presidency, Edwards has authored dozens of articles and has written or edited 25 books on American politics and public policy making, including “On Deaf Ears: The Limits of the Bully Pulpit,”“Governing by Campaigning,” which analyzes the politics of the Bush presidency, and his most recent book, “Overreach,” about the Obama presidency.

During this academic year, Edwards serves as the Winant Professor of American Government at the University of Oxford. Previously he has held senior visiting appointments at Sciences Po-Paris, Peking University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He is an associate member of Nuffield College at the University of Oxford, and was the founder, and from 1991-2001, the director of the university’s Center for Presidential Studies.

Edwards has served as president of the Presidency Research Section of the American Political Science Association, which has named its annual dissertation prize in his honor and awarded him its Career Service Award. He also applies his scholarship to practical issues of governing, including advising Brazil on its constitution and the operation of its presidency, Russia on building a democratic national party system, Mexico on elections, and Chinese scholars on democracy. He also authored studies for the 1988 and 2000 U.S. presidential transitions.

His visit is sponsored by the West Forum, which started in 2002 and moved to Winthrop in 2008. Named for John West, a former S.C. governor and professor, the forum promotes civic engagement in South Carolina.

Constitution Day is scheduled this year on Sept. 17.

For more information, call Karen Kedrowski, professor of political science and director of the West Forum, at 803/323-4662.

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