Dr. Robert Watson discusses 2016 Presidential Campaign

First presentation in Lynn’s 2016–17 Dialogue Speaker Series

Robert Watson speaks on panel.
Lynn University hosted last week “One for the history books,” a discussion on presidential elections and how history relates to the current race. The lecture took place four years after Lynn hosted the final 2012 U.S. Presidential Debate and was instructed by political analyst, award-winning author and Lynn professor of American Studies Robert Watson.
“There have been some intriguing and unpredictable campaigns and elections in American history, but nothing quite like this one.”

Robert Watson

"My concern is we are divided today—perhaps more so than any time since the 1860s when the civil war had Americans bitterly partisan—and we will be even more divided after the elections.”

Watson discussed current presidential campaign’s impact on American politics and the future of presidential elections, and offered predictions and analysis for the November vote. He also argued media’s strong influence today and how candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald J. Trump are using it to discredit each other. The lecture attracted approximately 700 attendees, including students and local residents.

“This lecture was a valuable experience for many international students because it helped provide a better understanding of American politics,” said Bernardo Penido, a Lynn sophomore from Brazil. “It is important to not only focus on what the media says, but we also need to look back in history.”

This presentation was the first in Lynn’s 2016–17 Dialogue Speaker Series, presented by the College of Arts and Sciences. Lectures feature theorists and practitioners who share new ideas, approaches and practices in their respective fields.

Upcoming speaker series events include “Yoga and Mindfulness: Practice, Science and Research” with with Sat Bir Sangh Khalsa on March 15, and “Who Will Write Our History?” with Nancy Spielberg and Roberta Grossman” on April 20. Made possible by PNC Bank, the Dialogue Speaker Series is free and open to the public.

Take the next step
Get started on your future today
Complete your application and secure your spot.
Pictures tell only part of the story. Come see for yourself.
How would you like to hear from us?

We are Lynn

File 1
Seniors Alison Eaton and Spencer Jackson enjoying their study abroad experience as they visit Sydney, Australia.
Spencer Jackson, student
Img 1539
Volunteering with the Islamic Centre of Boca Raton to support hurricane relief efforts in Miami and Tamiami, Florida.
Naheen Mahmood, student
Bobby  Hurricane Irma September 2017
Catherine Wharton's son, Bobby, 13:No a/c or power for almost a week - but, we're getting back to nature.
Catherine Wharton, staff member
Nik
Loving LYNN ...
Nik Ramadan, student
Lynn University Joy
Parent Weekend at Lynn University October 2016
Eselyn Nembhard, student
Img 7866
Pine Tree Camp 2017
Charlotte Jerdak, staff member

View more