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Political symposium continues Feb. 17 at Lander University

February 15, 2012

Lander University is presenting a special six-part lecture series exploring the topics relevant to our current national political scene.

"The Politics of Democracy: A Political Symposium" will feature sessions led by members of Lander's faculty as well as speakers from a variety of educational-, political- and business-related fields.

All sessions will be held on the Lander campus, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and they are free and open to the public. Because of limited seating, tickets are required for each session and may be obtained by contacting Lander's Office of Continuing Education at 864-388-8426 or

The next session in the series, "Politics and the Media," will take place Feb. 17. Presenters Jay Bender, an attorney for the S.C. Press Association and a visiting professor with the University of South Carolina School of Law, and Jason Brown, Lander assistant professor of mass communication, will look at the media's role in the continually polarized political structure. The lecture will also examine how the decline in daily newspapers and subsequent rise in online news sources have impacted the media's ability to effectively cover the political system.

The remaining four sessions will take place in March and will feature topics such as: "Regional Growth, Urban Sprawl and the Politics of the Environment," with Dr. Daniel Pardieck, Lander associate professor of environmental geology, and Brad Wyche, executive director with Upstate Forever (March 9); "The Picture of Southern Politics," with Dr. Donald L. Fowler, former chair of the Democratic National Committee, and Clemson University's Dr. J. David Woodard, a republican political consultant (March 16); "Religion and Politics," with Charleston attorney Robert Barber, a member of Lander's Board of Trustees and former member of the S.C. House of Representatives, and Dr. Laura Olson, professor of political science at Clemson (March 23); and "Foreign Affairs and International Trade," with Lander's Dr. Alan Green, assistant professor of economics, and Dr. Lucas McMillan, assistant professor of political science (March 30).

The political symposium lecture series is being sponsored by the American Democracy Project and the Jackson Lectures Series Endowment Fund. For more information about each session, please visit