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April 4, 2006
Contact: Victor Bailey, Hall Center for the Humanities, (785) 864-7822.

KU professor to discuss rift between major political parties, public attitudes in lecture

LAWENCE — Allan Cigler, professor of political science at the University of Kansas, will present a lecture, “The New Electoral Landscape: Two Political Churches and an Unbelieving Mass Electorate,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, as part of the Humanities Lecture Series, the Hall Center for the Humanities has announced.

The lecture by Cigler, Chancellors Club teaching professor, will take place in Woodruff Auditorim in the Kansas Union. The event is supported by the Friends of the Hall Center, and it is free and open to the public.

Cigler’s lecture will focus on the 15-year domination of the Republican party in U.S. politics, despite having policy positions seemingly at odds with mass public opinion. He will also discuss potential efforts by the Democratic party to confront the Republican challenge in Kansas and the nation.

Cigler is the author of Perspectives on Terrorism: How 9/11 Changed U.S. Politics. He is the winner of numerous teaching awards and the first recipient of the Michael Young Advising Award in 1991.

Founded in 1947, the Humanities Lecture Series is the oldest continuing series at KU. More than 150 eminent scholars from around the world have participated in the program, including author Vladimir Nabokov, painter Thomas Hart Benton and author Aldous Huxley. Recent scholars have included Edward Said, Sherman Alexie, E.O. Wilson and Salman Rushdie. Shortly after the program’s inception, a lecture by one outstanding KU faculty member each year was added to the schedule.

For more information, please contact the Hall Center at hallcenter@ku.edu or call (785) 864-4798.

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