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Citadel News Service
1 Feb 2012

Symposium on Southern Politics examines 2012 presidential race

The 2012 presidential election will provide the backdrop for this year’s Symposium on Southern Politics as some of the most noted and respected political scientists and researchers gather at The Citadel to explore the unique nature of politics in the South.

“The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics is nation’s the premier research conference devoted to the study of politics in the American South," said Scott Buchanan, the symposium director and associate professor of political science. “It has produced numerous articles and several books from research that was presented for the first time at the symposium.”

Nearly 100 political scientists, historians, researchers and university students of political science from around the country are expected March 1-2 for the 18th annual event, which will feature a roundtable discussion on the hotly contested 2012 presidential election.

“We should know the GOP nominee by then, but if not, the panel will discuss how the Republican Party’s potential nominee will fare in the race, and they will talk about how President Obama will do and whether he can carry Southern states like Florida, North Carolina and Virginia again as he did in 2008," Buchanan said. 

The roundtable panelists are Charles S. Bullock, III, University of Georgia; Ted Jelen, University of Nevada Las Vegas; Susan MacManus, University of South Florida; Harold Stanley, Southern Methodist University, and David Woodard, Clemson University.

The 2012 symposium program also features 11 panels of scholarly presentation and comment on various aspects of Southern politics, including political culture, straight-ticket voting, Hispanic political voting, Southern identity, race in Southern politics and a host of other topics. A complete schedule is online.

The public is welcome to sit in on panel sessions. Admission is free.

The Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics is funded by The Citadel Foundation. Founded in 1978 by Citadel faculty Robert P. Steed, Tod A. Baker, and Laurence W. Moreland, the symposium is held biennially.

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