Lunch and Learn Series Features Williams

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Ingram Library Lunch and Learn Series at the University of West Georgia will feature Dr. Daniel Williams, author and assistant professor of history, presenting “The 2008 Presidential Election in Historical Context: To What Extent Will It Change American Politics?” on Friday, Oct. 24, from 12 – 1 p.m. The event is free and the community is invited to attend.

The non-partisan, informative discussion of American presidential elections will examine some of the most significant 20th century elections and place them in a long-term historical context. A lively question and answer session will follow Williams’ presentation.

Williams is known for his expertise on American politics, the history of American religion and 20th century American history. His forthcoming book, “Republican Faith: The Making of America’s Christian Right,” will be published by Oxford University Press in late 2009.

“What I hope to do in this seminar is to give participants a non-partisan survey of some of the major electoral political trends in the United States during the past 75 years and to analyze whether or not this election has the potential to produce a historically significant shift in the electoral map or policymaking,” said Williams. “At a time when we’re bombarded with sound bites and a ‘horse-race analysis’ of the presidential campaign, we may not have any trouble finding information about the foibles of the major candidates, but it’s often difficult to find a historically-informed analysis of the relationship of this election to long-range political trends.”

For more information about the upcoming lecture, call 678-839-5337.