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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.

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