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Expert on Latin American Politics to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan
Mitchell A. Seligson to Present ‘A View from The AmericasBarometer’ on March 18

March 2, 2009

Mitchell A. Seligson
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DELAWARE, OHIO – The founder and director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, Mitchell A. Seligson, Ph.D., will present “Challenges of Democracy: A View From the AmericasBarometer, 2008” at 7:30 p.m. March 18 at Ohio Wesleyan University. The poll seeks to measure underlying values that can lead to stable democracies.

Seligson will speak in Benes Rooms A and B of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. His presentation, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Politics and Government.

For the 2008 AmericasBarometer poll, Seligson’s organization conducted 38,000 interviews in 23 countries from North America, South America, Central America, and The Caribbean. Examples of survey topics included civil society participation and participation in and satisfaction with municipal government.

Seligson, the Centennial Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, founded the Latin American Public Opinion Project more than 20 years ago. A fellow of the Center for Americas, he earned his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh.

His presentation is part of the Benjamin F. Marsh Lecture Series on Public Affairs, which is endowed by Marsh, a 1950 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan and currently an attorney in Maumee, Ohio. After graduating from Ohio Wesleyan, Marsh earned his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He has held numerous political and governmental positions at the local, state, and national levels, including serving as registration supervisor and adjudicator for the U.S. Department of State to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and as an election supervisor in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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