College of the Rockies Hosting Discussion on US Election

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College of the Rockies is pleased to be hosting public policy expert, author and professor Geoffrey Hale on Thursday, November 3 at 7 pm.

The United States of America’s presidential elections generally attract great interest from political scientists as well as curiosity from the public, both within and outside of the US.  This has never been truer than with the 2016 election.  In his presentation, Dr. Hale addresses the political context for the current election campaign, the economic and social factors underlying the rise of Donald Trump, ongoing partisan and ideological polarization, and shifting trends in public opinion – not only toward the candidates but also the broader political system.

The presentation will also consider structural factors such as the Electoral College and the implications of the Presidential race for Congressional elections which will determine whether the incoming President will have a supportive Congress or have to negotiate for the passage of legislation on a case-by-case basis.

“By all measures, no one could have foreseen at the start of the American election cycle two years ago that it would be as dramatic as it has turned out to be,” says College of the Rockies instructor, Marcel Dirk. “Those interested in American politics are sure to gain great insight into this year’s election from Dr. Hale.”

A Quebecer now residing in Alberta, Geoffrey Hale has attended Princeton University and the University of Western Ontario, earning a B.A., M.B.A., and a PhD.  He has developed an expertise in public policy as well as Canada-US relations.

Hale has published three books, including So Near Yet So Far: The Public and Hidden Worlds of Canada-US Relations.  He currently teaches a course in American politics at the University of Lethbridge.

Dr. Hale’s presentation will be held in room 250 at College of the Rockies’ main campus.  The presentation is sponsored by College of the Rockies’ Guest Lecture Fund and supported by the College of the Rockies Faculty Association.

For more information about Dr. Hale’s presentation, contact Marcel Dirk at dirk@cotr.bc.ca