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Issues & Insights: The U.S. 2012 Elections

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After the two major political conventions, American voters have heard the views of the Republican and the Democratic parties, but they haven’t heard the voice of the “American Preservative Party.”

Montgomery County Community College’s Political Science class, in cooperation with the History and Political Science faculty, will present a five-week simulated campaign to present the views of the “American Preservative Party” and to introduce its fictional presidential candidate, History Professor Thomas Kolsky.

The campaign kicks off with a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 12:30 p.m., when Kolsky will deliver his acceptance speech. The public is invited to attend and participate in this free series, which will be held alternate Wednesdays through Nov. 14 at 12:30 p.m. in room 213, Science Center Auditorium, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. 

Kolsky decided to take this unique yet fun approach with his students in his one-credit Honors Colloquium course after feeling frustrated with the candidates’ campaign rhetoric. 

“I have my own words to describe today’s campaign,” he said. “Like ‘dumbnesia,’ because the candidates dumb down and make people forget about the real issues.” 

The focus of Issues & Insights series, he said, is to stimulate public awareness of matters of national importance through the use of serious, civil discussions infused with some “critical but benevolent humor.”

“My slogan is ‘keep the best, mend the rest,’” says Kolsky, explaining that the United States is a great country with lots of potential and “we need preserve those good qualities and fix the real issues.”

During the Oct. 3 session, Kolsky will discuss “Domestic Issues” with two panel guests—immigration attorney, Wendy Castor Hess, and business and tax attorney, William R. Wanger.

On Oct. 17, the session topic will focus on the “Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis” and will reflect upon the lessons learned from that event. Panelists include History Assistant Professor Anna Raskin, History Professor Lawrence Backlund, Political Science Assistant Professor Jodi Empol-Schwartz and presidential candidate Kolsky.

On Oct. 31, the session will explore “Domestic and Foreign Policy” with Philadelphia Inquirer’s political commentator, Dick Polman.

The last session on Nov. 14 will discuss “The meaning of the 2012 Elections: Where Do We Go From Here?” with panelists Political Science Assistant Professor Jodi Empol-Schwartz; Director of Criminal Justice, Fire Science, & Emergency Management Plan Program Benn Prybutok; and the students from the Honors Colloquium. 

For more information, contact Thomas Kolsky at 215-641-6380 or tkolsky@mc3.edu.

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