Election Experience; UW System election guidelines
With the 2012 election campaign hurtling toward a Nov. 6 vote, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Politics, Philosophy, and Law Department offers the Election Experience, a multifaceted learning opportunity, to the campus and community. Featuring programs by Marquette Law School pollster Charles Franklin and newspaper bureau chief Craig Gilbert; the Election Experience includes lunch discussions, research presentations, debate analysis and discussion along with a display of historic newspaper front pages.
And to answer faculty and staff questions about political participation, the University of Wisconsin System offers its updated guide on campaign activities.
"Our goal is to engage students not only in the presidential election through registration and voting but also to build a sense of civic responsibility that continues far beyond the election," said Political Science Professor Peggy James. "The Election Experience also helps community members by improving their understanding of the electoral process."
Wednesday, Sept. 26, at noon in the Student Center, the university welcomes Dr. Charles Franklin, director of Marquette University Law School's polling operation. He will discuss the significance of polling, why such information is important to voters, and trends for the presidential election in Wisconsin.
Tuesday, Oct. 30, Craig Gilbert examines "Who is the Wisconsin voter and what is s/he thinking?" The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Washington bureau chiefcomments on the presidential election and the state's role in it and examines the Republican resurgence in Wisconsin. The program begins at 3 p.m. in room 105 of Molinaro Hall.
For community members wanting a place to watch and discuss the debates, the UW-Parkside Election Experience offers faculty analysis and a public forum following each debate. Faculty programs examine the divisive presidential election of 1860, major candidates' views on foreign policy and the Middle East, the potential impact of the Latino vote in November, campaign ethics, campaign financing, and more. Post-election programs include a morning-after analysis of the election results, world reaction to the vote, and a look at citizenship in the 21st century.
A complete program list is available on the university web site. Visit www.uwp.edu keyword: Election Experience for more information. Admission to all Election Experience programs is free.
UW-Parkside faculty and staff with questions about involvement in political campaigns can find answers online. The newly updated document "Guidance on Political Campaign Activities at University of Wisconsin System Institutions" covers everything from what constitutes "political campaign activity" to the wearing of political clothing or buttons or the display of political affiliation in offices or classrooms.