Dr. Robert Watson discusses 2016 Presidential Campaign

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

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,” said 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.  

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