October 4, 2004 Vol. IX, No. 4

Clockwise from left, Northridge professors Mehran Kamrava (moderator), James Mitchell, Larry Becker and Tom Hogen-Esch will talk presidential politics at October forum. Not shown is panelist Sylvia Snowiss.

Of Presidents and Politics: Panel Zeroes in on Election

CSUN Professors to Probe Global, National, Local Aspects of November Contest

Four of Cal State Northridge's most distinguished authorities on politics and national issues will take on the country's hottest topic—the upcoming presidential election—in a wide-ranging, spirited on-campus discussion set for Thursday, Oct. 14.

Free and open to the public, the 7 p.m. roundtable in the Grand Salon of the University Student Union will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. reception.

Political science professors Larry Becker, James Mitchell, Tom Hogen-Esch and Sylvia Snowiss will address as many aspects of the election as time will allow, from the election's impact on the economy to its meaning in a global context.

"Given the far-reaching consequences that the election will have on important aspects of the American body politic—across the spectrum of U.S. foreign policy to our own state and local affairs—we decided to call on the expertise of our professors to discuss how each would be affected," said panel moderator Mehran Kamrava, chair of the CSUN Political Science Department. "Our faculty are among the best in the nation, and I for one am eagerly looking forward to hearing their views."

The author of "Doing the Right Thing: Collective Action and Procedural Choice in the New Legislative Process," panelist Larry Becker is an expert on presidential politics and fiscal policy. His teaching interests include American government, American political institutions, public policy and public administration.

Tom Hogen-Esch, former staff member with the Los Angeles Elected Charter Reform Commission, contributes frequently to the Los Angeles Times' opinion section. Considered an expert on Los Angeles politics, he teaches U.S. and California government, public policy and administration, race and ethnic politics, and urban politics.

James Mitchell is the author of "American Government and Politics in Focus." He has done extensive research in United States foreign policy, Eastern and Central European relations, as well as international political economy, relations theory and organization.

Sylvia Snowiss, a CSUN political science professor emerita, is a nationally recognized authority on the U.S. Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court and American political thought. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Constitutional theory.

Parking for the event is $4, available in Lot G4 at Zelzah Avenue and Plummer Street. For more information, call the Political Science Department at (818) 677-3488. .

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