Electoral College subject of next Amicus Curiae presentation Nov. 29


The third lecture of the Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy will feature Dr. George C. Edwards III, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Texas A & M University, who will discuss the electoral college and its impact on American elections.

His presentation will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, in the MU Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

Edwards, a leading scholar of the presidency, has served as the Olin Professor of American Government at Oxford and the John Adams Fellow at the University of London, and has held senior visiting appointments at Peking University, University of Jerusalem and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. One of his latest books, Why the Electoral College is Bad for America, evaluates the consequences of our method of electing the president.

This series of five lectures began in September and will continue for the remainder of the 2012-13 academic year with lectures scheduled for February and April, 2013. The programs feature notable scholars and opinion leaders who discuss the Constitution and important matters in the nation’s political process. Amicus Curiae, or Friend of the Court, is sponsored by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy and the College of Liberal Arts, with financial support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

The series debuted a year ago and Dr. David J. Pittenger, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said prior to the first lecture of this year’s series, “We are extremely fortunate to have the support of the West Virginia Humanities Council and Simon D. Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy for this lecture series. The Amicus Curiae is a classroom to the greater Huntington community. We hope that all people who want to learn more about this great nation and its Constitution will join us for those informative and provocative lectures.”

Patricia Proctor, director of the Simon Perry Center, said the excellent attendance at the series “demonstrated that both the Marshall community and the community at large are passionately interested in issues related to democracy. This year we are thrilled with both the caliber of the lectures and the relevance of the topics they will address.”

The lectures are free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Proctor at ext. 6-2801.