Fall events on the Hill prepare community for upcoming election

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September 11, 2012

Three fall events at McDaniel will explore the political arena as the nation prepares for the upcoming presidential election. An art exhibit examines presidential archetypes in film while a book talk and dialogue with professors and prominent local politicians chart the current political landscape.

Herb Smith, Political Science professor and director of government relations at McDaniel, will discuss the upcoming election and his book, “Maryland Politics and Government: Democratic Dominance,” with co-author John Willis, a University of Baltimore professor, at 7 p.m. Sept. 17 in McDaniel Lounge.

“I firmly believe we should have political events all the time,” said Smith. “To repeat the mantra of the League of Women Voters, ‘Democracy is not a spectator sport!’ And an informed electorate makes better choices than an ignorant one.”

For his book talk, Smith plans to focus on “multiple ‘whys,’ as in why we should be proud to be Marylanders.”

The book, according to the University of Nebraska Press, sets the standard for understanding Maryland politics. It looks at the “demographic diversity, geographic variety and dynamic Democratic pragmatism of Maryland. Tucked between the larger commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia and overshadowed by the political maneuverings of its neighbor, Washington, D.C., Maryland has often been overlooked and neglected in studies of state governmental systems.”

“Politics as Usual” by John James Anderson will open Sept. 25 in the Rice Gallery in Peterson Hall, with a reception from 7-9 p.m. and artist talk at 7:30 p.m. The exhibition runs through Oct. 19.

His exhibit “sifts through presidential archetypes typical in Hollywood films while simultaneously probing the conflicting ideologies within either side of the contemporary two-party diarchy,” said Anderson.

John James Anderson has more than a decade of experience as a graphic designer. He works with vector and raster software, video, painting and less conventional tools and media, and has exhibited throughout the United States. Anderson currently teaches at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md. For more information, visit http://www.johnjamesanderson.com.

The Rice Gallery is open for extended hours until 8 p.m. on Oct. 2 to coincide with Dialogue on Presidential Election at 7 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge, with Maryland Delegate Samuel “Sandy” Rosenberg (Democrat) of Baltimore and Harford County Executive David R. Craig (Republican) moderated by McDaniel president Roger Casey.

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