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09-06-2004

Electoral College Subject Of Upcoming Lecture At Clarkson

Andrew W. Robertson, associate professor of history at Lehman College and Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will present "Mandates and Mischiefs: The Mixed Legacy of the Electoral College at Clarkson University on Monday, September 13.

The lecture is at 7 p.m in Barben Room B of Clarkson's Cheel Campus Center. It is free and open to the public.

Robertson is the principal investigator in the First Democracy Project, collecting election data from 1788-1824 for all 24 states existing then in the union. Professor Robertson thinks our next president may be selected by the quirks of the electoral college or a tie in the electoral college may force the House of Representatives to select the next president of the United States.

Robertson is the author of The Language of Democracy – Political Rhetoric in the U.S. and Britain 1790-1900 and co-editor of Beyond the Founders – New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic. He is currently writing a book on the Second American Republic. Robertson received his doctoral degree from Oxford University.

This program is sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities' Speakers in the Humanities program.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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