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Ohio Wesleyan to Host Panel Discussion on 2008 Presidential Election
Washington Post, Fox News Channel Journalists among Scheduled Participants

April 10, 2008

DELAWARE, OHIO – A panel of nationally renowned experts will discuss the 2008 presidential election during “On to November,” an event hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University’s Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. April 25 in Benes Room B of the university’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The discussion, part of the Barger Family Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

Panel participants are Dan Balz, chief national political correspondent for The Washington Post; David Brady, deputy director for Stanford University’s Hoover Institution for War, Revolution and Peace; D. Sunshine Hillygus, Harvard University professor and director for the Harvard Program on Survey Research; Gregg Jarrett, news anchor for Fox News Channel; and Carl Pinkele, Ohio Wesleyan professor and director of the university’s Arneson Institute.

During the conference, each panelist will speak for up to 15 minutes, make general comments based on the presentations, and respond to audience questions. Brady and Pinkele will make a joint presentation.

“This event provides a good opportunity to hear the perspectives of well-known experts and to stimulate conversation about the 2008 election,” said Pinkele, Ph.D., who also will serve as moderator. “The panel will examine the tactics used by the candidates, the reaction of voters, and what it all means.”

About the panelists:

  • Dan Balz joined The Washington Post in 1978 and has been involved in its political coverage as a reporter or editor for 27 years. During that time, he has served as national editor, political editor, White House correspondent, and Southwest correspondent. He is the co-author—along with Ronald Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times—of “Storming the Gates: Protest Politics and the Republican Revival” (1996). In 1999, he received the American Political Science Association award for his work.
  • David Brady is deputy director and senior fellow for the Hoover Institution, a public policy research center. He is also the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values in the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a professor of political science in the university’s School of Humanities and Sciences. He has published more than 100 papers and seven books including “Revolving Gridlock: Politics and Policy from Carter to Bush II” (2006) and “Red and Blue Nation? Characteristics and Causes of America’s Polarized Politics” with Pietro Nivola (2007). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987.
  • D. Sunshine Hillygus is the Frederick S. Danziger Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University as well as director of the Harvard Program on Survey Research. Her teaching and research interests include American voting behavior, campaigns and elections, survey research, and information technology and society. She is co-author of “The Hard Count: The Social and Political Challenges of the 2000 Census” (2006) and “The Persuadable Voter: Wedge Issues in Political Campaigns” (forthcoming). She also is a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and on the executive committee of the Center for American Political Studies.
  • Gregg Jarrett joined FOX News Channel as an anchor in November 2002. He currently serves as a substitute anchor for “FOX News Live.” Previously, he served as an anchor and correspondent for MSNBC, where he covered the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and the 2000 presidential election from Tallahassee, Fla. Prior to that, he served as an anchor at Court TV for nine years, including working on the evening news and the program “Prime Time Justice.” From 1993-1997, he hosted Court TV’s nationally syndicated half-hour magazine show, “Inside America’s Courts.”
  • Carl Pinkele is the Honorable Charles W. Fairbanks Professor of Politics and Government at Ohio Wesleyan and director of the Arneson Institute, an organization designed to nurture a commitment to public life. Pinkele oversees the Wesleyan in Washington internship program, which provides students an opportunity to spend a semester working in the nation’s capital. He also is a fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Ohio Wesleyan’s Barger Family Lecture is named in honor of Richards Barger, a former university trustee, and his children, Catherine Barger Leibrich ’83, John ’79 and James ’78. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Politics and Government and The Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.