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Citadel News Service
18 Oct 2010

John C. West visiting professor to discuss midterm elections

The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, will host a lecture by Donald L. Fowler, former national chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Fowler, who was the DNC head from 1995 to 1997, will discuss the upcoming midterm elections at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28 on Copeland Auditorium in Grimsley Hall. Fowler’s lecture is free and open to the public.

“Don Fowler’s combination of academic expertise and practical wisdom promises an engaging evening discussing the events leading up to this tense midterm election cycle as well as insight on what we can expect on Nov. 2.” ” said DuBose Kapeluck, associate professor of political science who teaches courses on campaigns and elections.

Fowler currently serves as the John C. West Distinguished Professor of Government at The Citadel and it teaching a course on the off-year election process in The Citadel Graduate College. His term as national chairman included the 1996 presidential election between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole. In DNC post he ran the Democratic Party's day-to-day operations while Christopher Dodd, the general chairman, served with Fowler as the party's public faces. Prior to the 1984 Democratic National Convention, he was appointed by party chairman Paul G. Kirk to chair the Fairness Commission, one of many Democratic commissions created to reform the presidential nomination process.

Fowler holds a doctorate in political science from the University of Kentucky. He is a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and a graduate of the U.S. Army War College. Fowler also runs a communications agency that handles state and federal government relations, marketing studies, advertising, public relations and marketing programs for national and international clients.

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