How might the 2012 elections affect the economy, health care, taxes and the chance of a coal terminal in Longview? What roles do the media, candidate debates and the Electoral College play in deciding who is elected?
These topics will be the focus of the Community Conversations lecture series at Lower Columbia College this fall. All lectures take place Thursdays, beginning this week, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Wollenberg Auditorium at the Rose Center for the Arts.
The free series, now in its fifth year, is open to the public and features speakers from LCC faculty and the community.
Dates, speakers, topics:
Sept. 27 — Jim Franz, LCC economics instructor, "The Economy, The Election, A Prediction"
Oct. 4 — Dan Schabot, LCC speech instructor, "Low and in the Dirt: The Rhetorical Significance of Ceremonial First Pitches in Presidential Campaigns"
Oct. 11 — Randy Querin, PeaceHealth St. John public affairs and governance specialist, "How Your Vote Could Change Your Healthcare"
Oct. 18 — David Benson, LCC political science instructor, "Taxes and Spending: Top Issues in this Election"
Oct. 25 — John Markon, editor, The Daily News, "The Perception of Media Bias in Election Coverage"
Nov. 1 — George Raiter, Cowlitz County commissioner, "The Effect of National Decisions on Local Issues: The Proposed Coal Export Terminal in Longview"
Nov. 8 — Roy Maier, Lower Columbia WEA Uniserv, "The Washington Legislature and Educational Reform"
Nov. 15 — Chris Bailey, LCC president, "Higher Education and Politics"
Nov. 29 — Cary Rhode, LCC mathematics instructor, "The Myth of the Electoral College"
For program updates, see www.lowercolumbia.edu/conversations.