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Lectures, films, panels focus on 2012 election

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—A number of election-related events, voter registration opportunities and a discussion about the current presidential campaign with renowned political journalist Jack Germond are scheduled this fall at Hood College.

Recount, an award-winning film first aired on HBO, will be shown Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall. The made-for-television film chronicles the dispute over Florida votes in the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush, then governor of Texas, and then-Vice President Al Gore.

The film will be followed by a discussion led by Janis Judson, Ph.D., associate professor of political science.

On Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall, a panel of Hood faculty from the economics, political science and communication departments will discuss issues related to the 2012 elections, such as same-sex marriage, religion, the economy and social media.

War Room a critically acclaimed documentary that covers President Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, will be shown Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center. The film, which examines the mental, emotional and moral aspects of politics, follows George Stehanopoulos, Clinton's communications director, and James Carville, the presidential candidate's lead strategist, during the New Hampshire primary, at the Clinton campaign headquarters in Little Rock, Ark., and at other key campaign events. Carin Robinson, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science, will introduce the film.

Jack Germond, journalist, author and political pundit, will discuss the news media coverage of the 2012 presidential campaign Oct. 30 at 12:45 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center.

Germond has provided political analysis for CNN since the 1992 presidential campaign, appearing regularly on the network's Inside Politics and Inside Politics Extra. He has also been a regular guest on the public commentary television programs Meet the Press, Inside Washington and The McLaughlin Group.

A journalist for more than 40 years, Germond has covered national politics for Gannett Newspapers, the Washington Star and the Baltimore Sun. He is the co-author of a syndicated column, Politics Today, and the author of Fat Man in a Middle Seat: Forty Years of Covering Politics and Fat Man Fed Up: How American Politics Went Bad.

The lecture is co-sponsored with Hood’s offices of the president and the provost, the political science department and the communication arts program.

Voter registration will be held Sept. 18 before and after the showing of Recount; Sept. 19-21 and Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center; and Sept. 20 before and after the showing of Which Way Home.

For more information, contact Carin Robinson, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science, at robinsonc@hood.edu.