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Prominent Presidential Author Gives Inaugural Marsh Lecture

April 23, 2001

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Prominent presidential author and political scientist John H. Kessel will visit Ohio Wesleyan on Thursday, April 26 to deliver the inaugural Marsh Lecture on Public Affairs. Kessel has written five books on the presidency, the latest being, Presidents, the Presidency and the Political Environment.

In addition, Kessel was one of a group of distinguished political scientists recently involved with the White House 2001 Project that prepared briefing materials for the presidential transition team.

After receiving his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1958, Kessel taught at Amherst and Mt. Holyoke colleges and the University of Washington. From 1970-1994, he was Professor of Political Science at The Ohio State University, and has been Professor Emeritus since that time.

Kessel's books include The Goldwater Coalition (1968), The Domestic Presidency (1975), Presidential Campaign Politics (1980), and Presidential Parties (1984). He has been editor of the American Journal of Political Science and President of the Midwest Political Science Association.

The new lecture series is endowed by OWU alumnus Benjamin F. Marsh '50, an attorney in Maumee, Ohio and a long-time Republican party activist. Marsh, who received his Juris Doctorate degree from George Washington University, has held numerous political posts at the local, state and national levels, and served as Registration Supervisor and Adjudicator for the U.S. Department of State to the Organization and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and as an election supervisor in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The first Marsh Lecture on Public Affairs will take place this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the Corns Lecture Room 312 of the R.W. Corns Building. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Office of University Communications at 740-368-3335.