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Messina to host four election-themed lectures leading up to Election Day

| By Stephanie Weaver
Cover Art For How To Win An Election Book

Loyola University Maryland’s first-year living learning program, Messina, will host four lectures around the common text, How to Win an Election. The book is Quintus Tullius Cicero’s letter to his brother, Marcus Cicero, a candidate for Consul (the highest office in the Roman Republic) in 64 B.C.  

All the events are free and open to the public. The events are supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The first event, “Does the Political Establishment Matter Anymore?”, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21 (Constitution Day), and feature Julian Zelizer, the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, class of 1941, Professor of History and Public Policy at Princeton University. The lecture will be held at 5 p.m. in McGuire Hall.

The second lecture, "Protecting Democracy from Demagoguery: the Constitution’s Valiant Effort," by James Ceaser, Ph.D., professor of politics at University of Virginia, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Loyola/Notre Dame Library auditorium.

On Friday, Oct. 28, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Ph.D, will give her lecture, “What Presidential Debates Reveal,” at 5p.m. in McGuire Hall. Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Walter and Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. This lecture is cosponsored by Messina and is part of the Modern Masters Reading Series.

The last lecture of these series, “Cicero on How to Win an Election,” given by Philip Freeman, Ph.D., professor classics at Luther College, will be held Friday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. in the 4th Floor Program Room.

All first-year students are required to read the common text, and discuss the text during their first year at Loyola. 

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