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Symposium on Southern Politics to examine 2008 elections

The 2008 elections will take center stage as researchers, political scientists and undergraduate political science students from across the South gather March 4 and 5 at The Citadel for the 2010 Symposium on Southern Politics.

Topics up for discussion range from President Barack Obama’s rise to the White House to the evolution of party politics in Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee. Participants also will explore the failures of Democratic races for governor in South Carolina, the challenges women candidates face in getting effective television and video advertising messages out to voters and how the growing Latino population is shaping political clout in the South.

“Scholars of the politics of the American South recognize The Citadel symposium as the preeminent research conference devoted to the study of Southern politics,” said Scott Buchanan, symposium director and a political science professor. “The Citadel's long sponsorship of this conference brings scholars from around the nation to the campus and exposes The Citadel's student body to the latest research in this area.”

Sponsored and hosted by the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, the 17th annual symposium has been held biennially, in even-numbered years, since 1978.

Panel discussions, which will be held in Mark Clark Hall, are free and open to the public. A summary schedule is included. More detailed information about the schedule is available online at (broken link, formerly to

Symposium Schedule
Thursday, March 4

Session I: 10-11:30 AM
Panel A: Voting Behavior in the Carolinas (Room 228)
Panel B: Southern Presidential Voting Behavior (Room 230)

Session II: 1-2:45 PM
Panel C: Undergraduate Research on Southern Politics (Room 228)
Panel D: Historical and Cultural Influences in Southern Politics (Room 230)

Session III: 3-4:30 PM
Panel E: Roundtable discussion on the 2008 elections (Room 228)

Friday, March 5
Session IV: 8:30-10:15 AM
Panel F: Southern States and the 2008 Elections (Room 228)
Panel G: Voting in the South (Room 230)

Session V: 10:30-11:45 AM
Panel H: Realignment in the South (Room 228)
Panel I: Continuing Role of Race and Identity in Southern Politics (Room 230)

Session VI: 1:45-3:30 P.M.
Panel J: Political Parties and Candidate Emergence in the South (Room 228)
Panel K: The Role of Race in the Study and Teaching of Southern Politics (Room 230)

For symposium information, contact Scott Buchanan at

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