PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: Oct. 4, 2005
Academics and politicians will gather at annual meeting of Michigan political scientists at UM-Dearborn Oct. 20-21
DEARBORN---Dearborn Mayor Michael Guido and Windsor, Ont., Mayor Eddie
Francis will discuss the theory and practice of municipal government at
the annual meeting of the Michigan
Conference of Political Scientists to be held at the University of
Michigan-Dearborn Oct. 20-21.
Francis will deliver the meeting's keynote address at a dinner on Oct.
20, on "Challenges of an International Border City in the Aftermath
of 9/11." Guido will speak on "Twenty Years of Governing Dearborn:
Theory versus Practice" at a lunch on Oct. 21.
In addition, the conference will tackle a number of other hot topics
including Michigan water-resource issues, political attitudes among Arab
Americans, and "religion and politics."
"The subjects range from local politics to global issues, and participants
include scholars from all across the state," according to Donald
Anderson, professor of political science at UM-Dearborn and coordinator
of the conference. "In addition to college and university faculty
members, some of the panels also will include influential journalists
and activists representing prominent organizations in Michigan."
While some of the workshops and panel discussions focus on technical
issues of teaching political science in college classrooms, others cover
the broadest subjects in the field, including "George Bush and American
Foreign Policy" and "The Decline of Middle American and Its
Impact on the American Landscape."
One panel has been organized to look forward to next year's elections
and the trends and issues that are likely to have an impact then. Speakers
at that panel will include Bill Ballenger, editor of Inside Michigan Politics
and professor of American government at Central Michigan University; Dawson
Bell, Lansing reporter and columnist for the Detroit Free Press; and Bernie
Porn, president of the EPIC/MRA polling and consulting firm.
The conference is primarily intended for members of the Michigan Conference
of Political Scientists and registration fees are required to attend the
sessions of the meeting. Guests may attend portions of the conference
for reduced fees. For more information call the UM-Dearborn Department
of Social Sciences at (313) 593-5096 or see www.apsanet.org/~michigan.